Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Prepare now: Severe storms possible early Friday morning

Prepare now: Severe storms possible early Friday morning

By Friday, the storm system will move to the East Coast and the Southeast with severe thunderstorms expected from Florida to DE and heavy rain for the Northeast.

Columbus could start seeing heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes as soon as 11 p.m., according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. That area is at "enhanced risk", the Storm Prediction Center said, referring to the third level of severity on a scale of five.

There were severe thunderstorm warnings, both to the south and north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Storms chances come along as we head into the later evening and overnight. These can fall on power lines, vehicles, and houses. Highs in the upper 70s this afternoon.

The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South. Dozens of schools in MS and Alabama dismissed students early as a precaution.

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A trough moving out of the Southwest U.S. into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley will help to strengthen a surface low along a cold front in eastern Texas.

"A wind advisory may be necessary for all of east central Florida", Orlando forecasters warn, along with an elevated threat for strong, "life-threatening", rip currents through the late week at its beaches.

A low pressure system will bring the potential for strong winds, flash flooding, hail and "a few tornadoes" throughout most of the state, according to the NWS office in Raleigh. Strong storms covered much of Louisiana.

Orlando could see isolated lightning storms on Thursday afternoon ahead of the approaching front, meteorologists at the National Weather Service say. There's a 30-40% chance that no storms develop around this time. Whereas, a warning means we are tracking, right now, severe weather. Temperatures will briefly cool below average through Saturday morning but clear seasonable weather is then anticipated into early next week.

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