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Severe Storms Threaten Mid-Atlantic, Carolinas Today

UPDATED 1 PM EDT, May 11, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Outdoor activities will be spoiled by severe storms in the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas this afternoon. The same cold front pelted the Ohio Valley with hail on Friday will track east and deliver powerful storms from New Jersey to northern North Carolina.

Showers are spreading across central and eastern Pennsylvania early this afternoon ahead of a cold front. Meanwhile, clouds are breaking for some sunshine from the North Carolina Coast into New Jersey.

As the rain moves east, it will encounter a warm, humid air mass along the Mid-Atlantic and Carolina Coast. A cold front swooping through western Pennsylvania and western West Virginia will provide the final impetus to bubble up strong to severe storms along the leading edge of the rain shield by mid-afternoon east of Interstate 95.

Newark and Atlantic City, N.J., Dover, Del., Salisbury, Md., Virginia Beach, Va., and Elizabeth City, N.C., are most likely to see a severe storm.

The greatest risk with today`s storms will be damaging wind gusts that could reach 60 mph. In addition, isolated large hail will also be a possibility.

The same front unleashed half-dollar sized hail in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania on Friday. A few cities that saw these severe storms included Beaver Falls, Pa., and even Cleveland.

Luckily, the cold front driving this active weather will push offshore by Sunday, ushering in breezy and dry weather to finish the weekend.

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