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Strong Storms, Tornadoes Threaten South

Strong thunderstorms, hail and gusty winds could hit Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville
Dec. 10, 2012

A sharp cold front cutting through unseasonable warmth in place over Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia will spark off powerful thunderstorms Monday.

This is not expected to be a widespread outbreak, but dangerous weather is still expected locally across cities such as Columbia, Gulfport, Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Athens and Chattanooga.

Hail larger than quarters, damaging gusts of wind and tornadoes will all be possible in these areas.

Blinding rains and torrential downpours will cause ponding of water and slow going on parts of I-10, I-65, I-59 and I-85.

The dangerous storms will also cause travel headaches at the airports as flights are forced to be delayed.

After the storms pass and in time for Tuesday, temperatures are expected to tumble on the order of 10-15 degrees from where they were Monday.

If you will be out and about, pay close attention to the weather. Be sure to heed any watches or warnings that may be issued and remember to never drive across a flooded roadway.

Be sure to stay with us at AccuWeather.com for all the latest details on this impending severe weather event.

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