Drenching storms to turn locally severe across southeastern US Friday

Soaking and locally severe thunderstorms will push eastward across the Deep South into Friday evening.

A storm has slowly progressed across the country this week, triggering severe weather from the Four Corners states to the Mississippi Valley.

The Southeastern states are now facing the threat for potentially damaging thunderstorms to end the week.

Compared to recent days, the severe weather Friday will be less widespread and more isolated in nature.

Deep South severe into Fri eve

“On Friday, the severe thunderstorm threat will be more widely separated from the Tennessee Valley to the central Gulf Coast,” AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker said.

Some of the stronger thunderstorms can extend to the Carolina coastline.

"Only a small number of storms are likely to produce damaging wind gusts and moderate hail with a minimal tornado risk,” Walker said.

Anyone who is caught outdoors when the thunderstorms strike should promptly seek shelter inside at the first sight of lightning or rumble of thunder.

Torrential downpours will be the most far-reaching impact from the central Gulf Coast through the Tennessee Valley. Flash flooding is possible on a very localized basis.

The downpours can occur during busy commute times during the afternoon and evening, leading to potentially slower-than-normal travel on interstates 10, 20, 22, 59, 75 and 85.

While some of the heavy and gusty thunderstorms will reach northern and central Florida during Friday night and Saturday, not nearly enough rain will fall to break the drought and suppress the wildfire danger.

Mother's Day forecast 5.12 AM

Showers and thunderstorms will linger along the southern Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday before drier air sweeps in for Mother’s Day.

The heaviest rain will move northward over the weekend and threaten to spoil outdoor plans across the Northeast.