Severe storms ranging from Ohio to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia are expected to bring damaging wind gusts, hail and flooding downpours Wednesday afternoon.
"There is a risk for isolated tornadoes into Wednesday evening," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said, adding the greatest threat will be flooding downpours, which will impede evening commuters from northeastern Ohio to southeastern Georgia.
Cities that could be affected by the damaging threats include Pittsburgh; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Augusta, Georgia.
Updates: (All times listed in Eastern time)
4:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Lightning has struck a tree and sparked a fire along Gulfstream Road one mile north of Savannah Airport, Georgia, reports emergency management.
4:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday:Due to clouds, traffic to La Guardia, JFK, Newark & Philadelphia airports is subject to a ground delay, reports FAA.
2:34 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Several trees down, near Lebanon, VA reports NWS spotter.