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Powerful Storms Threaten Southeast, Plains

UPDATED 10 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A line of severe thunderstorms is rolling over the Southeast this evening bringing damaging winds and large hail, with even a few isolated tornadoes possible.

Because of this, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch extends from Georgia to the coastal Carolinas. Some of the cities included are Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., and Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.

The chief concern from the storms will be destructive wind gusts nearing 70 mph, though a few storms could pack large hail up to golf balls and a very brief tornado spin-up.

Not to be left out, clusters of powerful thunderstorms will erupt and trek northeastward along a cold front across eastern Wyoming, eastern Montana and eastern Colorado this evening. Cities such as Glasgow and Billings, Mont., Sheridan and Cheyenne, Wyo., and the eastern Denver suburbs will all be at risk for large hail, damaging winds of 65 mph, and tornadoes.

Due to this risk, Severe Thunderstorm Watches have been issued in eastern Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Colorado, and western Kansas, including the cities of Glascow and Billings, Mont., and Sheridan and Casper, Wyo., and Goodland, Kan.

The storms in the Southeast will also be capable of squeezing out a quick 1-to-3 inches of rain in a short amount of time. Such totals are likely to overwhelm streams, creeks, and rivers, as well as leave a heightened threat for urban and rural flooding from clogged storm drains. Flood and Flash Flood Watches are in effect from northern Illinois to eastern Massachusetts. If you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

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