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Gusty storms target North Carolina to Florida on Friday

Potent storms will erupt across part of the southeastern United States as a front pushes eastward on Friday.

Storms from this same system caused numerous reports of hail and wind damage in the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys on Thursday.

The threat zone for strong storms will shift farther east to end the workweek.

"[On Friday], areas from southern Virginia and eastern Maryland to the Carolinas, southern Georgia and northern Florida have the potential for [heavy] storms," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated.

While thunderstorms will extend from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast, the strongest storms are expected to ignite across eastern portions of Virginia and the Carolinas during the afternoon.

Storms will likely reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina by the early evening.

The most potent storms could produce hail and damaging winds.

Anyone hitting the roadway for a weekend getaway or heading home early from work should remain aware of sudden downpours that could disrupt travel on interstates 40 and 95.

The risk of flash flooding will remain low as storms will quickly move in and out of the region. However, pooling of water is possible in low-lying and poor-drainage areas.

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Most areas will clear out in time for weekend activities as drier air will filter into the region behind the front.

Farther north, another round of thunderstorms is expected to target parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday.