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Severe storms to sabotage weekend plans along I-95 corridor

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Severe thunderstorms are expected to ignite across the I-95 corridor as the weekend comes to an end.

While it is typical for showers and thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening this time of the year, the storms that are expected to fire during the day on Sunday will be rather volatile.

"We are actually entering the peak of the severe weather season for the Northeast, which typically runs from the beginning of May through the end of June," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

Storms will ignite along a cold front that will shift southward across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast starting Sunday morning.

This front will be the driving element allowing these storms to form and become severe from Columbia, South Carolina, northward into New York City Sunday afternoon.

Those in locations stretching from Raleigh, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and northward into Philadelphia will want to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions as the weekend comes to a close.

As storms develop, the main impacts will be the strong winds, leading to tree and power line damage, hail and torrential downpours.

AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams warns that the heavy downpours associated with these severe storms can quickly overwhelm street drainage, leading to pooling on roads and flash flooding. Remember the life-saving motto, "Turn around. Don't drown."

Although the risk for tornadoes will be low with this setup, Andrew Gagnon, assistant director of Weather Warning Services at AccuWeather, stated that there could be a few storms capable of spawning a tornado or two.

"The weather will vary greatly from north to south along the Eastern Seaboard," Abrams said.

Areas outside the greatest risk area, such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, up through Roanoke, West Virginia, and most of the locations in southern New England will also experience some stronger storms; however, the impacts will be slightly different.

The main impact in these areas will not be the damaging winds or the hail, but the heavy rain, which will prompt flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas. Flooding may lead to road closures and slower-than-normal traffic, Abrams said.

Storms will continue through the overnight hours; however, the threats will shift from the damaging winds and hail to mainly a flooding threat, as the atmosphere will remain quite saturated.