Saturday, March 23, 2013

Scattered Severe Storms Across the South Today and Tonight...

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will blanket much of the South today and tonight, as shown in green on the image above.

At this time, it's difficult to pinpoint one or more areas that are particularly vulnerable, but if I had to try and pin things down futher, I would suggest that residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama (and particularly the southern one-half of those states), southwest Georgia and the Florida panhandle pay particular attention to the weather this afternoon into tonight.  A few tornadoes are possible with severe storms, particularly in this area, as well as large hail and strong, possibly damaging winds.

Thunderstorms, some of which are severe, are ongoing right now over northeast Texas as well as northern Florida and southern Georgia.  A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is currently in effect for the second area, as shown below, which is valid until 5pm EDT:

Folks in the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia, please don't feel that the threat has ended for your area since storms earlier this morning have moved off to the East.  Additional development is likely across your area later this afternoon and especially this evening and tonight.

A significant portion of the severe weather threat across the South will take place and/or continue into the nighttime hours tonight.  Please make sure that you have a way to receive severe weather warnings and information at night if you live in these areas.

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