After the central United States was battered by tornadoes and unstable weather earlier this week, the Southeast faces extreme weather on Friday.
“Explosive severe weather is expected to continue as hail, tornadoes, flash floods and destructive wind gusts threaten communities in the southeast,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Jessica Storm.
According to the National Weather Service, a wide swath of the United States stretching from the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic is expected to be affected by a low pressure system with thunderstorms.
This most at-risk area stretches from southeast Louisiana north to Kentucky and east to the I-95 corridor, according to AccuWeather. Parts of Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia are expected to experience a more moderate threat of severe weather.
The southeast can also see a few scattered tornadoes with southern Virginia and northern North Carolina facing the greatest risk, as well as northern South Carolina through west-central Georgia and east-central Alabama, AccuWeather said.
Rainfall of up to 3 inches could also cause scattered flooding in those areas, the weather service said.
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By Saturday, the threat of severe weather will fade as the low pressure system works its way off the mid-Atlantic coast, according to the weather service. But cloudy weather, including overcast skies, gusty winds and occasional rain, will persist in parts of the northeast through the mid-Atlantic over the weekend.
The storms are expected to be less intense than those that ravaged Texas and Oklahoma earlier this week, where several people were injured and buildings damaged, including a school, homes and a marijuana farm.
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Two confirmed tornadoes were reported in Texas on Thursday, both in Rusk County, where one in Mount Enterprise, a small town in east-central Texas, caused “multiple injuries,” according to the weather service.
Seminole, about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, also reported extensive damage as Governor Kevin Stitt toured the area Thursday.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a “large and dangerous tornado” that brought winds of up to 165 mph was also reported in Lockett, a rural community about 170 miles northwest of Dallas, according to the National’s office. Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma. While several homes and barns sustained extensive damage, there were no significant injuries or fatalities in the county, Sheriff Brian Fritze told KAUZ-TV.
Contribute: The Associated Press
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