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Intense Storms Target Virginia, N.C. Piedmont Today

UPDATED 6 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologists, Chad Merrill and James West

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A fast-moving weather system trucking to the East Coast is producing a fresh round of severe storms across the eastern Carolinas and Virginia Tidewater today. Today`s rash of storms is just a small sample of what is expected in the nation`s midsection this weekend.

Strong and severe thunderstorms are zipping through the southern Mid-Atlantic and eastern Carolinas this afternoon. Large hail greater than golf ball size, damaging wind gusts in excess of 57 mph and a tornado or two are possible in places such as Virginia Beach and Richmond, Va., and Raleigh and Cape Hatteras, N.C., later this afternoon. Quarter size hail, a possible tornado and damaging winds have been reported acros parts of the central and eastern North Carolina this afternoon.

A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, including Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The thunderstorms will quickly slide off the coast and weaken tonight, leaving behind cooler but dry weather for the weekend.

If you live in an area that could be threatened by thunderstorms, be sure to download the mobile WeatherBug app on your smart phone. The mobile apps now include Spark Lightning Alerts, a GPS-based lightning detection feature providing you the location of the closest lightning strike, so you can Know Before the storm hits. Click here for the link to download.

The same storm system heading for the East Coast today produced a rash of severe weather reports in the Plains earlier this week. Hen-egg sized hail pelted the ground near Prosser, Neb., and Eagle Pass, Texas, while a gust estimated at 80 mph resulted in minor damage near Rocky, Okla. Trees and power lines were downed by a 65 mph gust in Wisner, Neb., as well on Wednesday.

Not to be outdone, a stronger storm system off the Pacific Coast this morning will swoop into the Plains on Saturday and then slide across the Mississippi Valley on Sunday. A large swath of real estate from the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle to the Mid-South is at risk for destructive thunderstorms. Click here for more on the weekend severe potential.

Stay with WeatherBug for the latest on the Carolina and southern Virginia severe threat today and the developing weekend Plains storm. Be sure to keep WeatherBug active to receive the latest weather in your neighborhood and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter.

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