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Strong Storms Target Norfolk, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach

A cold front moving east across the mid-Atlantic on Friday will trigger a round of strong to severe thunderstorms from southeastern Virginia into eastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

Some of the cities most likely to see this activity include Norfolk, Va.; Raleigh, N.C; and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

While there will be a few showers or thundershowers around the region this morning, the atmosphere will become primed for a line of more significant thunderstorm activity to move through this afternoon from west to east.

The greatest threats from these thunderstorms will be damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail up to the size of quarters or ping-pong balls and blinding downpours.

There could even be an isolated tornado in the absolute strongest activity.

Wind gusts to 60 mph and large hail will not occur in every location due to the localized nature of severe thunderstorms. However, winds this strong can down trees and power lines, leading to sporadic electricity outages. Hail as large as quarters or ping-pong balls can damage vegetation and dent vehicles.

If you plan to be out and about this afternoon and evening, be on the lookout for rapidly changing skies. These thunderstorms will move quickly, and the weather can go from good to very poor in only 15-20 minutes.

Be sure to understand the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that an area is being monitored for dangerous weather. A warning means that dangerous weather is imminent.

Keep in mind that lightning is one of Mother Nature's most dangerous killers. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning, even if the sun is still shining.