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Severe weather threat to shift to the Carolinas on Friday

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Portions of North and South Carolina will face the threat for heavy thunderstorms that could turn severe on Friday afternoon.

The same system that produced rounds of severe weather over the past couple of days will be the focal point of heavy thunderstorms on Friday.

"This slow-moving system, along with daytime heating, will help to initiate some severe thunderstorms across southeastern Virginia and the Carolinas [Friday afternoon and evening]," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Zapolski.

Residents from Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Wilmington and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia, should be on alert for drenching thunderstorms during Friday afternoon.

"Large hail, damaging winds and torrential downpours will be the primary threats," Zapolski added.

Those heading home from work or getting an early start on a weekend getaway may face heavy downpours for a time on area highways, including interstates 40 and 95.

A few locally heavy thunderstorms could extend into southern Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Tennessee Valley.

Beachgoers will want to monitor the skies for rapidly changing weather conditions.

Locations in North Carolina that experienced heavy rainfall on Thursday will be more susceptible to flash flooding from localized downpours on Friday.

"Additional rainfall could lead to some flooding," Zapolski stated.

Motorists should remain alert for pooling of water on roadways, especially in areas that are low-lying and drain poorly.

Showers and thunderstorms could erupt once again across the Carolinas on Saturday, but activity will be more spotty and mainly confined to the coast.

The next widespread threat for severe weather will focus on the North Central states this weekend.