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Damaging Storms to Strike Cleveland to Atlanta Friday

As the storm system responsible for bringing severe weather to the Central states at midweek continues to move eastward, the threat of severe weather on Friday will reach from the lower Great Lakes to the southern Appalachians and the Gulf Coast.

The storms will bring the risk for damaging wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding, frequent lightning strikes and a couple of tornadoes.

The storms on Friday have the potential to impact more than 35 million people from Ohio and Pennsylvania to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Cities in the potential path of the gusty to locally severe storms include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Zanesville and Columbus, Ohio; Morgantown, Huntington and Charleston, W.Va.; Lexington and London, Ky.; Roanoke and Wytheville, Va.; Nashville, Knoxville, Bristol and Chattanooga, Tenn.; Hickory, N.C.; Athens and Atlanta, Ga.; Hunstville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile, Ala.; Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss.; Pensacola, Fla.; and New Orleans.

The storms may hit at a time when people are heading to weekend ventures or ball games. The storms could be extensive enough to cause significant flight delays, as well as slow travel for a time on I-64, I-65, I-68, I-70, I-75, I-77, I-79, I-81 and others.

People are urged to keep an eye on the weather for rapidly changing weather conditions. Listen to alerts on radio and TV. Stay up-to-date with devices equipped with AccuWeather Apps.

The storms will tend to weaken upon reaching the Atlantic coast Friday night, especially in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, where a wedge of cool air has moved in from the east. Still, a strong thunderstorm or downpours with rumbles of thunder are possible from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

A few storms in the southeastern corner of the nation can linger and be locally strong on Saturday.