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Big Springtime Storms Pepper South, Eastern U.S.

UPDATED 1:30 AM CDT, April 30, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Big springtime thunderstorms continue to pepper residents in the Deep South tonight. The chief concerns will be destructive wind gusts and large hail; although a brief tornado or two will be possible as well. The problem will be the East`s for Wednesday.

Several areas of dangerous thunderstorms continue to bubble across the Eastern U.S. tonight. Many of them are forming ahead of a cold front separating warm and humid Gulf of Mexico air from cooler, drier air flowing into the Mississippi Valley in the wake of the front.

The most violent thunderstorms will slide along the Mississippi, Alabama, and panhandle of Florida Gulf Coast throughout this evening, before collectively fading in intensity as they grow into Georgia as well as the western Carolinas early on Wednesday morning.

Additional fresh thunderstorms will also fizzle across eastern North Carolina tonight, as will a few potent ones popping across central and southern Ohio. Before doing so, however, the big severe weather items of concern will be damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and golf ball size hail. Even so, a brief tornado will also remain a possibility, especially in eastern North Carolina south and east of Raleigh-Durham.

Cities from Detroit and Columbus to Atlanta, Mobile, Ala., Tallahassee, Fla., extending eastward to near Raleigh and New Bern, N.C., will be most at risk for a meeting with these powerful thunderstorms.

A Tornado Watch is in place for the eastern Florida Panhandle, including Tallahassee and Panama City.

The front will inch its way onto the East Coast for mid-week. With plenty of warm and humid air ahead of it, and cooler, drier air funneling in its wake, a final hurrah of severe weather will develop. At the highest risk for these particularly dangerous thunderstorms packing high winds exceeding 70 mph and a couple of tornadoes will be from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Fla. Even a few incidents of golf ball size hail cannot be discounted either.

The severe weather will only be half the battle from the Gulf Coast to southern New England this week, as the storm system will squeeze out very heavy rain also. In fact, some places could be soaked in nearly 6 inches of rainfall by Thursday. Find out the latest information pertaining to heavy rainfall by clicking here.

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