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Storms and rain to soak southeastern, mid-Atlantic US

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The storm system that drenched the south-central U.S. since this past weekend will soak the Southeastern and mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday.

The recent drought enhanced the impacts of the heavy rain, and many areas received their first rainfall in months.

After several days of slow movement along the Gulf coast, the storm responsible for the rain has turned northward.

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Heavy rain can be expected throughout the Southeast, providing much-needed drought relief but also bringing the threat of severe storms.

"Steady rain will fall throughout North Carolina and Virginia during the day where they can expect widespread amounts of 0.50 of an inch, with some places exceeding 1 inch," said Vido.

Areas from Charleston, South Carolina, to Tampa and Tallahassee, Florida, could have severe thunderstorms. Any storms could contain damaging wind gusts and rain heavy enough to cause localized flash flooding. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Residents should stay up to date on local watches and warnings and any sudden changes in the weather.

Downpours can lead to an extended travel time for the commute. Airline delays are possible due to the proximity of storms and a low cloud ceiling.

"By the middle of the afternoon, rain and storms will have moved off the South Carolina and Georgia coast," Vido said.

Vido also pointed out that storms could linger into the evening in Florida.

As the system strengthens and moves northward, strong non-thunderstorm winds will blow through the high terrain of the central Appalachians. This includes much of western North Carolina and Virginia.

Areas of northeastern West Virginia, western Maryland and the southern Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania will receive blustery winds.

Otherwise, rain will expand from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas to parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey into the evening.

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Beginning in parts of western Maryland eastern West Virginia and west-central Pennsylvania, snow and a wintry mix will mark the onset of the storm during Tuesday afternoon.

This wintry mix will expand northeastward over northern Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey, upstate New York and central and northern New England into Tuesday night.