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More Storms Roll Across Deep South, Florida

UPDATED 4 PM EST, March 3, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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After devastating parts of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee with monster tornadoes Friday, the potentially historic storm outbreak continues through the Southeast.

Though the threat won`t be as high as Friday`s was, damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes will be on the weather agenda today across the Southeast.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug Severe Weather Outlook.

A Tornado Watch continues for portions of southern Georgia, and northern Florida, including the cities of Valdosta, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. A dangerous and lengthy line of strong thunderstorms is trucking across the far Southeast, producing intense lightning on Earth Networks` Total Lightning Network. In addition to the intense lightning, damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and flooding downpours will accompany the heaviest thunderstorms.

The cause of the dangerous thunderstorms is low pressure motoring away from the northern Great Lakes. Ahead of its associated powerful cold front is a narrow corridor of summer-like moisture being driven northward out of the Gulf of Mexico and into the Southeast and Carolinas. At the same time, much cooler, drier air is piercing the Tennessee Valley, while potent upper-level jet energy continues to energize storm development.

Numerous tornadoes have struck from the Ohio Valley to Deep South for the second time in three days. One possible tornado ripped through Cleveland, Tenn., injuring 6 people, and damaging more than 100 homes and several businesses. Three more were injured from a suspected tornado in West Union, Ohio, with a strong, long-lived tornado responsible for killing at least 6 people in two Indiana towns, Henryville and Marysville, Ind., on Friday.

Already today, there has been 7 possible tornadoes reported in the Florida Panhandle and southern Georgia. Although not as ferocious as Friday`s event, powerful storms will be able to tap the same deep fetch of summer-like tropical Gulf of Mexico moisture. Adding a strong southwesterly upper-level jet stream, the approach of a strong cold front, and daytime heating, and dangerous storms will brew and spread across the Southeast.

Beyond the severe weather threat, the storm system will tap plenty of Gulf of Mexico moisture. Adding a helping hand will be storms following nearly identical paths, producing 2 to 4 inches of much-needed rainfall from the parched Florida Panhandle into the Coastal Carolinas by Sunday morning. Flood Watches are in place for parts of Florida and Georgia.

The good news is the entire storm system will finally trek off the Southeast U.S. Coast early on Sunday, all while helping to alleviate some of the devastating long-term drought plaguing the Southeast and Carolinas.

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