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Gusty Storms to Blast Cincinnati to Atlanta Friday

Another round of severe weather is slated to erupt on Friday, following a rather past active couple of days.

A powerful cold front will continue to blast eastward as the week comes to an end, igniting strong storms from the Ohio Valley to the Deep South.

Cities at risk include Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Charleston, West Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and Montgomery, Alabama.

"Gusty winds and heavy rain will be the main threats with these storms, but watch for some areas of flooding," said AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Kate Danna.

Downed trees and power lines could become a common sight as winds gust up to 65 mph. Widespread power outages may occur as a result and folks will want to prepare ahead of time.

Blinding rainfall and strong winds will threaten motorists on local highways. People are urged to give themselves extra time on the roadway and to avoid high water by choosing alternative routes. Remember, turn around, don't drown.

Ongoing storms from early Friday morning could continue to be strong across central Tennessee to the Gulf Coast to start the day but will likely weaken before the next round forms later. MinuteCastâ„¢ has the minute-by-minute forecast for your exact location when showers and thunderstorms threaten. Type your city name, select MinuteCastâ„¢, and input your street address. On mobile, you can also use your GPS location.

The best chance for strong thunderstorms will start in the afternoon for most as the atmosphere becomes the most unstable and will last into early Friday night. Strong thunderstorms will target the Carolinas in the evening.

The lower Great Lakes could be at risk for heavy and gusty thunderstorms on Friday as well.

"Strengthening storm dynamics over the Great Lakes region could bring the strong storm threat farther north," said Danna.

People in Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will want to be on alert as well.

The wind threat will diminish overnight Friday into Saturday but heavy rain will continue to be featured, including in the mid-Atlantic. Localized flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas is possible.

The same cold front sparked severe thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday across the Plains into the Mississippi Valley. Thursday into Thursday night featured the most storm reports.

A gusty line of storms slammed Missouri to eastern Texas, tearing down trees, power lines, and even producing a couple tornadoes across Missouri.

"Widespread wind damage was reported around the Dallas and Little Rock areas," said Danna.

The same front, backed by a chilly wind, will again battle with warm and moist air out ahead of it through Friday night.

In the wake of the front, cold air will drop high temperatures between 15 to 25 degrees across the Great Lakes to the Deep South between Friday and Saturday.

Snow will mix in with rain at times across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin through Saturday morning.

Although the severe weather threat will diminish by Saturday, heavy rain will present the threat for flooding across New England.