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Severe storms to pummel southeastern US on Wednesday


Continuing with the wet weather pattern in the Southeast, another round of severe storms is in store for from Wednesday to Wednesday night.

Despite high temperatures falling below average in the region over the past couple of days, there is still enough warmth and plenty of humidity to fuel any storms.

“As a cold front continues to move slowly through the Southeast [Wednesday], severe thunderstorms are likely to form again,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

The incoming cold front will move eastward through the region throughout the day, allowing storms to fire at any time through Wednesday evening.

While severe storms are expected to fire well southeast of Atlanta, cities including Augusta and Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina, could all be impacted by severe weather.

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“The primary threats will include torrential downpours and damaging wind gusts, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out,” said Adamson.

The greatest threat for a tornado will be from southeastern Georgia to the northern and central part of the Florida Peninsula.

Residents should secure any outdoor furniture or move it indoors ahead of any storms to minimize damage and should stay up-to-date on local watches and warnings.

Motorists should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Seek an alternate route or pull well off the highway in a spot located on high ground.

“As the cold front advances toward the coast by evening, the severe threat will begin to wane,” said Adamson. "However, the threat will continue in central Florida overnight as the front moves into that area.”

Due to the recently heavy rainfall, many areas are already experiencing flooding in the Southeast.

Savannah, Georgia, has received over 350 percent of its monthly average rainfall. Most of it fell on Monday and Tuesday of this week, when the city received over 7 inches of rain.

However, the reoccurring bouts of heavy rainfall are still welcome by many.

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“The rain will put a damper on ongoing wildfires in the drought-stricken areas, including the West Mims Fire which has been raging since April 6,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.

As of May 18, 54 percent of Georgia and 66 percent of Florida were experiencing at least moderate drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor updates drought data once a week, and is likely to show a sharp decrease in drought areas across the Southeast later this week.

“Drier air will press in behind the storms, bringing clearing to the southern Atlantic Seaboard during the second half of the week,” said Duff.