Dangerous storms are lashing the Carolinas as a pesky stationary front remains draped through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic tonight. Taking the biggest punch is the Carolinas, where tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain will continue through the evening. WeatherBug Meteorologist Rachel Peterson has the latest on today`s severe weather in this exclusive WeatherBug Video.
A Tornado Watch is in effect until Midnight EDT for eastern South Carolina and northern North Carolina, including Elizabeth City, N.C., Fayetteville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.
So far today, eight tornadoes have been reported in North Carolina. A tornado earlier this afternoon damaged a home and caused one possible injury near Bailey, N.C., while another tornado near Emit, N.C., produced major tree damage and downed power lines. The strongest storms with the highest potential of producing damaging winds and hail are developing across the southern periphery of the front, stretching from Georgia into the southern Mid-Atlantic, particularly across the Carolinas and Virginia Tidewater. Cities south of the front that can expect severe weather this evening include Albany, Ga., Dothan, Ala., Panama City, Fla., and Biloxi, Miss. The front will also be the focus for heavy rain tonight, particularly from eastern North Carolina northeastward into southern New England. Over an inch will fall from northern Georgia to western South Carolina with up to an inch from the Delmarva Peninsula along the Atlantic coast to Long Island and Cape Cod, while thunderstorms could quickly drop twice that amount across coastal North Carolina. A second wave of rain and thunderstorms will roll out of the southern Plains on Wednesday, bringing more heavy rain to all of the East Coast Wednesday night into Thursday evening. East of the Appalachians, along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to eastern Maine, one to two inches will be possible. These rainfall totals will also be found in heavy thunderstorms from northern Georgia to western South Carolina. Rainfall totals have been impressive so far today. New Bern, N.C., has seen 2.62 inches, Ridgeway, S.C., has seen 2.25 inches, while Gastonia, NC., picked up 2.03 inches today.
All this stormy weather and heavy rain is due to a low pressure enhancing the instability along a stationary front draped from northern North Carolina to southern Alabama extending west into central Texas. The front, itself, is acting as a boundary between cool air to the north in the Mid-Atlantic and warmer air to the south across the Southeast.
It won`t be until later in the weekend when the intermittent soggy pattern gives way to a more sunny, drier weather pattern. Check your WeatherBug for more information on this soaker, and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter at WeatherBug WeatherBuzz. Be sure to keep your WeatherBug active to receive the latest watches, warnings and advisories for your area. What do you think of this story? Click here for comments or suggestions.