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Severe storms, flooding downpours to rattle southern US this weekend

Following severe weather over the southern Plains on Friday, the potential for damaging thunderstorms and flooding downpours will shift eastward across the interior South this weekend.

The weather pattern this weekend will not only derail some outdoor activities, but can pose a risk to lives and property in parts of the South.

The risk of severe weather will shift into the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys on Saturday.

While locally heavy and gusty storms can extend from North Carolina and southern Virginia to the upper Texas coast, the bulk of the storms will be well north of the Interstate 10 corridor.

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The greatest risk of severe weather will focus from western and middle Tennessee to northeastern Louisiana and includes eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama.

The primary threats from the storms will be for damaging winds, flash flooding and hail.

As is the case with any severe thunderstorm, frequent lightning strikes are likely.

A small number of the strongest storms can produce a brief tornado that could be concealed by heavy rain.

Some cities at risk for the dangerous and disruptive storms include Jonesboro and Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Nashville, Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee; Tupelo, Greenville and Jackson, Mississippi; and Florence, Alabama.

People spending time outdoors should stay alert for rapidly changing weather conditions. Move indoors, away from windows as storms approach. Monitor the progress of the storms and severe weather bulletins, including any severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.

Later Saturday night, heavy and gusty thunderstorms will push toward the southern Appalachians. Localized flash flooding is a risk with the thunderstorms despite long-term drought conditions gripping parts of the region.

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There is the potential for a few inches of rain to fall over portions of the interior South this weekend.

On Sunday, provided there is enough sunshine and warmth, heavy, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms may erupt from southeastern Virginia to northern Florida. The greatest chance of severe weather may be from South Carolina to northeastern Florida.

Drenching rain will continue to fall for a time over the southern Appalachians, as well as areas just to the east.