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Powerful Storms Moving into Georgia, Carolinas

UPDATED 5:30 AM EDT, April 12, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Destructive thunderstorms will continue to march eastward across the Southeast and into the Carolinas. Gusty winds and heavy rain remains the primary threats, with a few tornadoes also possible.

Tornado Watches extend across southeastern Virginia to the South Carolina Coast. This includes Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

The storms are forming across a warm and humid air mass that has been sitting across the Southeast all week. This warm air is clashing with much drier, cooler air expanding from the Mississippi Valley in the wake of a cold front that is moving through into the Appalachians. Where the two air masses are coming together, a lengthy line of strong-to-severe thunderstorms has formed.

The chief concern within this line of thunderstorms is damaging wind gusts exceeding 65 mph, though a few tornadoes will also be possible overnight.

The storms have already left behind quite a history of damaging weather. A possible tornado tore through Liberty, Miss., where 1 person was killed and another was injured. Another unconfirmed tornado produce heavy damage near Shuqualak, Miss., with many structures damaged. A thunderstorm wind gust of 70 mph blew siding off a house in Slidell, La., while trees were blown down and power outages were attributed to gusty thunderstorm winds near Sanford, Miss.

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