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Severe Storms Push Across Carolinas, SE Virginia

2:15 PM EDT, August 19, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Thunderstorms will bring a threat of severe weather for the southern Atlantic states this afternoon and evening, with even the threat for a few isolated tornadoes.

Due to the risk for severe storms, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for parts of eastern South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and southeastern Virginia. This watch includes Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wilmington and Cape Hatteras, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va.

The culprit for the stormy weather is a moisture-laden weather system moving through the southern Appalachians which will pick up strength and slide northeastward moving into Monday.

The locations with the best chance for severe storms through this evening will be southeastern Virginia, eastern North Carolina, and central and eastern South Carolina. The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds of 60 mph of higher, but due to a lot of wind shear associated with this system, an isolated tornado can`t be ruled out either.

The chance for severe storms will diminish later tonight as daytime heating diminishes and the lifts northeastward.

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