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Severe thunderstorms to erupt over southeastern US this weekend

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Damaging winds, torrential downpours, hail and tornadoes are among the weather phenomena expected to threaten the Southeast this weekend.

A storm diving into the Mississippi Valley from the central Plains will pull a potent cold front into the area early on Saturday.

“Unseasonably warm, moist air will foster the development of severe storms along the Gulf Coast on Saturday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

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“A disturbance in the atmosphere will help to lift the air, causing the thunderstorms to develop.”

Damaging winds and heavy rain will be the primary threats on Saturday. Combined with heavy rain anticipated to impact a similar area on Friday, areas prone to flooding are likely to be inundated quickly by any storms.

Drivers should monitor the weather before heading out in order to avoid flooded roadways.

“On Saturday, storms are most likely in southeastern Louisiana, central and southern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama,” said Adamson.

New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; and Mobile, Alabama, are among cities that will be in the line of fire through Saturday evening.

The system is expected to intensify as it barrels eastward on Sunday.

“This will lead to a larger area of severe weather, stretching from central and eastern Alabama, through all but far northern Georgia and into central South Carolina and as far south as Jacksonville and even Tampa,” said Adamson.

While similar threats will be associated with the storms each day, the areas affected on Sunday will be subject to storms much stronger than those that form on Saturday.

“Damaging winds, hail, torrential downpours and tornadoes are all possible both days,” said Adamson.

Residents should stay up-to-date on local watches and warnings and have a plan in place for when severe weather strikes.