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Wet Weather to Dampen East Through Friday

Umbrellas and raincoats will be put to good use across the East through Friday as showers and thunderstorms continue to plague the region.

Outdoor events such as ball games and barbecues from Boston to Baltimore and southward to Atlanta may end up being rained out as rounds of showers and thunderstorms impact the region.

The morning hours look to be the best opportunity to get outdoor work done before showers and thunderstorms become more numerous as the day progresses.

Moisture getting drawn in from the Gulf of Mexico will help to fuel heavy downpours with afternoon thunderstorms which can result in localized flash flooding.

Communities that have already been hit with drenching storms this week are at higher risk for flooding due to the ground already being saturated with water.

This includes the Philadelphia area after a slow-moving thunderstorm unloaded 2.59 inches of rain on the city Tuesday afternoon.

A few stronger thunderstorms may also develop during the afternoon hours with wind gusts as strong as 45 mph possible.

While these storms are not expected to become widespread, they may turn out to be strong enough to blow over lawn furniture and bring down tree limbs.

Travel delays may mount as the soaking storms move over major travel hubs, such as New York City and Washington, D.C.

If you plan on traveling around the I-95 corridor through Friday night, you may want to allow for some extra travel time to ensure that you reach your destination on time.

Those in the Northeast looking to enjoy some time outdoors this weekend can expect much drier weather as a cold front swings through the region, sweeping away the showers and thunderstorms and lowering the humidity.

The same cannot be said for the Southeast.

A disturbance moving in from the Plains is expected to shift over the region, extending the trend of unsettled weather through the weekend.

This will continue the daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon, across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.