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Gusty, drenching storms to slam Southeast on Wednesday

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Strong, gusty thunderstorms that rumbled through the Deep South on Tuesday will target the Southeast on Wednesday.

Severe thunderstorms brought damaging wind gusts and even several reported tornadoes to the Texas Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

While thunderstorms on Wednesday will remain weaker than those that slammed Texas on Tuesday, strong winds and torrential downpours are in store for a region spanning northern Florida to South Carolina.

“Storms may still produce a few tornadoes, locally damaging winds and heavy rainfall across southeastern Georgia and far northern Florida on Wednesday,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

Cities such as Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville and Ocala, Florida, may be hit by the worst of the storms.

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How far north moisture is able to creep will determine if heavy thunderstorms extend northward into Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Wind gusts exceeding 55 mph can accompany the strongest storms, and localized heavy rainfall can quickly lead to ponding of water on roadways and flooding of low-lying areas.

“The most intense storms can topple trees and power lines and even inflict both property and structural damage, so residents should remain aware of the situation and keep an eye to the sky on Wednesday,” Adamson added.

By Wednesday evening, tourists hitting the theme parks in Orlando may have to break out the rain gear or take shelter indoors as storms push into the Florida Peninsula.

Storms should quickly diminish in intensity during the overnight hours on Wednesday, with just a few showers set to dampen Miami Beach and the Florida Keys late on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

For residents in North Carolina and the northern half of both Georgia and South Carolina, a general soaking rainfall will put a damper on outdoor activities and signal an end to the recent stretch of unseasonably warm days.

However, the rain will continue to put a dent in the extreme drought that plagued these areas throughout the summer and autumn months.

The storm system bringing the wet weather to the Carolinas will quickly race offshore early Wednesday evening, leaving more seasonable conditions in its wake.