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Severe Storms Shift Into Southeast, Threaten 82nd Carolina Cup

The risk of severe thunderstorms will shift to the East Coast on Saturday, stretching from the Carolinas to northern Florida.

The impacts of these storms will not only be felt by travelers across the region, but also for those planning to spend time in the outdoors.

This includes those attending the 82nd running of the Carolina Cup being held in Camden, S.C., on Saturday afternoon.

Blinding downpours and damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats with these thunderstorms as they track over the I-95 corridor. Large hail cannot be ruled out either.

Some cities in the path of these strong storms include Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Fayetteville N.C.; Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Greenville S.C.; Augusta and Savannah, Ga.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

Airports in the affected areas may be forced to temporarily suspend takeoffs until the gusty thunderstorms blow over the airport due to poor flight conditions.

Those taking to the roads should also be aware of these thunderstorms as heavy downpours can slow traffic and reduce visibility. In some cases, hydroplaning may occur making it more difficult to maintain control of your vehicle.

The system responsible for these storms already has a history of producing severe weather. On Saturday, hail as large as softballs was seen over eastern Texas as well as wind gusts up to 80 mph.

Folks with outdoor plans in the Southeast on Saturday might want to hold off until the second half of the weekend when drier weather is set to return.

Although rain and thunderstorms may lead to delays for Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Va., NASCAR fans can expect dry conditions for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.

This dry weather will prevail heading into the start of next week before the threat of severe weather returns to part of the Southeast on Wednesday.