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Severe Storms Targeting Southeast, Mid-Atlantic

UPDATED 1 PM EST, February 21, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A multi-faceted late-winter storm is streaking across the Midwest, South and East today, bringing severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and snow.

Thunderstorms are roaring eastward across the South, Southeast and northern Florida, bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and the potential for isolated tornadoes. These will move into the Mid-Atlantic through this afternoon.

In fact, Tornado Watches have been posted from northeastern South Carolina to northern New Jersey, including Myrtle Beach, S.C., Norfolk, Va., the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, Philadelphia, and Trenton, N.J. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect from northern Florida into southern and central South Carolina, including Jacksonville, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Today`s storms are a continuation of thunderstorms that developed on Thursday ahead of a cold front now making its way across the Mid-South and Appalachians. Although these storms will not be as potent as they were on Thursday, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are still possible. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

On Thursday, severe thunderstorms caused extensive damage from Iowa and Illinois into Louisiana and Texas. Thirteen unconfirmed tornadoes touched down across Illinois, damaging outbuildings and snapping power poles near Mechanicsburg and Shumway. Golf-ball hail pelted Hornersville, Mo., while 65 mph gusts were clocked in Aviston and Mattoon, Ill.

Not to be left out, some residents from Iowa and Minnesota into Wisconsin will be digging out of more than a foot of snow by the time the storm moves away later today. On top of the snow, a fierce 25-to-35 mph wind with gusts reaching 50 mph is whipping the snow about across the Upper Midwest, creating blizzard conditions.

Blizzard Warnings are in effect across central Iowa and southern Minnesota, with Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories still posted from Iowa to Michigan.

To make things even worse, powerful winds are filling in behind the storm, leading to very gusty conditions in the Upper Midwest. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories stretch throughout the Great Lakes region and into the Ohio Valley. These locations could see winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph through this morning.

This system will finally depart the U.S. this evening as it pushes north into Canada and its associated cold front reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Behind it, breezy but much quieter weather will usher in the weekend.

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