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Severe Storms Pummel Mid-Atlantic, Southeast

UPDATED 9:30 PM EDT, March 24, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A large, slow-moving storm system moving across the Southeast is making its presence felt across the busy Interstate 95 corridor this evening. Large hail, damaging wind gusts and even a few tornadoes are being reported from Virginia to Florida.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest on the severe storms in her exclusive WeatherBug Severe Outlook.

A complex severe weather event continues to unfold across the Eastern U.S. today. The same large low pressure system that brought all the rain to the Deep South will drift across the southern Mid-Atlantic. To the south and east of the low, a deep plume of warm, humid air is surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the southern Mid-Atlantic. Add in potent upper-level energy and drier, cooler air swooshing in behind a cold front headed toward the Appalachian Spine, and the recipe is ripe for severe thunderstorms.

Storms have been bubbling from West Virginia to northern Florida this afternoon as they rotate around the low. Tornado Watches have been issued for central North Carolina and south-central Virginia, including Richmond and Danville, Va., and Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham, N.C. Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect across South Carolina and extreme southeastern North Carolina. Any storms that form will be capable of producing destructive wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and a few tornadoes, along with a few large hailstones.

The storms have a history of producing significant damage. The WeatherBug Live Tracking Station at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., took a direct hit from a possible tornado. Another storm along Groundhog Mountain in Virginia dropped baseball sized hail and broke windows in the process, and Jones Creek, Va., also saw baseball sized hail. Tree damage is reported across North and South Carolina thanks to 60 to 65 mph winds, and storms near Dowling Park, Fla., produced 60 mph winds that tore a roof off of a horse barn.

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