Destructive Storms Target Carolinas
UPDATED 11:30 AM EST, December 26, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
It`s like Mother Nature is pushing the rewind button on the dial, this time giving an encore performance of potentially destructive thunderstorms along the East Coast from extreme southeastern Maryland to the Carolinas. The greatest severe weather danger zone, including scattered tornadoes and damaging wind gusts, will lie across the eastern Carolinas today.
Due to the threat, a Tornado Watch has been issued for the eastern Carolinas, including Florence and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Fayetteville and Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The instigator for a repeat performance to Christmas` severe weather outbreak across the Deep South will be potent low pressure slicing up the Appalachian Spine this afternoon and evening. Ahead of the storm system, it will draw plenty of warm and moisture-rich air off the Gulf and Atlantic, while sharply cooler, drier air makes a beeline for the Eastern Seaboard ahead of a powerful cold front.
The two will uncoil a dangerous, fast-paced line of thunderstorms that will threaten residents between Norfolk, Va., and Savannah, Ga. Cities such as Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., will all need to keep a watchful eye to the sky for threatening storms. Though damaging wind gusts of 70 to 80 mph will be the biggest concern, a few strong tornadoes will be possible across the eastern Carolinas.
Fortunately, high pressure will return for Thursday and Friday, meaning the storm weather will gave way to a much quieter end of the week across the South.
On Christmas Day, the same storm system left a path of destruction from eastern Texas to southeastern Alabama. In all, there were 91 reports of severe weather, with nearly a third of those being tornadoes. Two people were injured in a possible tornado near Monticello, Miss., while a large tornado ripped into downtown Mobile, Ala., causing considerable damage in its mid-town area. A thunderstorm wind gust of 80 mph was clocked in Lovelady, Texas, earlier on Christmas Day.
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