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Storms, Downpours Sock Eastern U.S.

UPDATED 8:30 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A spring storm continues to rock the East as it spreads a plethora of downpours and severe storms tonight across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

A Tornado Watch stretches from the Florida Panhandle into Georgia, including Brunswick, Ga. For a complete look at the current watches and warnings across the U.S. click here, or click on the United States Alert Map link.

The storms sliding through the Southeast have a history of producing wind damage in Pensacola, Fla., and Pine Level, Brundidge and Hatchechubbe, Ala. The gusty wind threat will continue as the storms move into places like Jacksonville, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., later this evening and tonight. A tornado can`t be ruled out either.

The Southeast storms are due to a cold front separating warmer 70s from cooler 40s and 50s in its wake. The storms will likely maintain their strength this evening and part of the overnight as they slide towards the Southeast Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, the storms developing in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys are in response to an upper-low. These storms will wane later this evening with the onset of cooling temperatures.

The rain zone in between the Ohio Valley and Southeast storms will continue to march into New England tonight and Wednesday. An inch or so of rain will pelt much of New England as the low pressure on the front`s northern fringe slides into eastern Canada. The problem arises with the 4 to 8 inches of snow on the ground melting at the same time the rain is falling. This will increase the run-off, resulting in a more significant flooding threat.

Flood Watches are in effect from southern Vermont into eastern Maine, including Concord, N.H., and Portland and Bangor, Maine. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

The final element of the storm will be its interaction with sub-freezing air in northern New England. One to 3 inches of snow could blanket Upstate New York into northern Maine Tuesday.

The front will push off the New England and Mid-Atlantic Coast Tuesday, bringing a return to dry weather. The front`s southern flank will ease through Florida pushing downpours and a few strong or severe storms through the central and southern part of the state Tuesday.

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