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Severe Storms Eye Southeast Coast This Afternoon

5 AM EDT, November 4, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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After a lengthy stretch without severe weather, powerful late-season storms will look to fire up along the Southeast coast this afternoon and evening. High winds and large hail will be the primary threats.

Plenty of sunshine will allow temperatures to soar into the 70s and 80s this afternoon along the Carolina and Georgia coasts. Add in moderate humidity levels, and the atmosphere in place will become quite unstable. At the same time, a cold front rushing toward the coast will slam into this fuel-rich atmosphere, setting the stage for rapid thunderstorm development.

The main danger zone for today`s powerful storms will be a thin ribbon of coastline from extreme southern North Carolina to eastern Georgia. The cities of Wilmington, N.C., Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., are all included. Residents in these places will want to keep their eyes to the sky this afternoon for thunderstorms capable of producing wind gusts as high as 65 mph, and hail as large as golf balls.

One bit of good news is that today`s storms should be relatively short-lived. The cold front driving the severe weather will quickly scoot out to sea this evening, with dry and tranquil conditions moving in for late tonight and Monday as well.

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