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Severe Storm Threat to Converge on East Coast Thursday

Advancing dry and cooler air on Thursday will squeeze out the threat for locally severe thunderstorms to locations along the Atlantic coast, from Florida to Maine.

While severe weather is not likely to be as robust as much of the past week, there is still the potential for a few thunderstorms to bring damaging wind gusts, hail, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding.

The risk exists along and east of much of the I-95 corridor.

There is also still the risk of a few of the strongest storms to produce a tornado, especially across parts of the Florida Peninsula, southeastern South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, southeastern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Cities that have the greatest chance of experiencing heavy, gusty thunderstorms, including a slight chance of severe weather on Thursday, span Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; New Bern, N.C.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Salisbury, Md.; Dover, Del.; Atlantic City, N.J.; New York City; Hartford, Conn.; Providence, R.I.; Boston; Portsmouth, N.H.; and Portland, Maine.

Travelers along and east of the I-95 corridor should expect delays from downpours.

The bulk of the rain and thunderstorms is forecast to move offshore Thursday night.

However, a pocket of the storms may reignite over the Southeastern states Thursday night into Friday over Florida, central and southeastern Georgia, southeastern South Carolina, part of the North Carolina coast and part of southern Alabama. Flooding downpours would be the greatest concern.

Spotty showers will still riddle the Midwest and will spread into the Northeast, before weather conditions improve and the atmosphere warms up and dries out next week.