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Sixty Million at Risk for Severe Weather Thursday, Friday

Storms will reach from the Gulf Coast to the lower Great Lakes starting Thursday

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 7 a.m. ET
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More than forty million people in the Central states and 20 million along the Atlantic coast will be at risk for severe weather later this week.

The air will become warm enough ahead of a late-week storm over the Missouri and Mississippi valleys, as well as portions of the East to bring not only thunderstorms, but also the potential for severe weather.

The main threats of the storms will be locally damaging wind gusts and flash flooding. A number of locations may also experience hail with the storms. A small number of the storms could also produce a tornado.

Storm

According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "The greatest risk for a few tornadoes will be where the air is the warmest and most humid, which is most likely from western Tennessee to northwestern Mississippi on Thursday."

The potential for damaging thunderstorms by Thursday will reach from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as well as the southern port of Lower Michigan.

Cities on Thursday that could be impacted by gusty strong to severe thunderstorms include St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Jackson, Miss.; and Monroe, La.

While snow on the ground will limit the intensity of some of the storms, it will not eliminate the risk of severe weather everywhere.

Even in the absence of thunderstorms locally strong wind gusts can affect areas from the Midwest to upstate New York on Thursday.

Storm Midwest

On Friday, the potential for strong to severe storms will reach from Georgia to New Jersey.

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The storms could hit some Northern states, where there is still snow on the ground.

The combination of a surge of warm air and rainfall will raise the risk of ice jam flooding on some streams and rivers from the lower Midwest to the mid-Atlantic.

The weight of recent snowfall and the added rain coming with the storm could be enough to stress some roofs to the point of failure.

Melting snow ahead of and during the passage of a cold front associated with the storm can lead to street and poor drainage area flooding, where storm drains have become blocked with snow.

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frontieradjust

Tornadoes, even deadly tornadoes are not uncommon in late February. The only thing extraordinary about this winter is the cold and snow, which is entirely consistent with a warming planet (sarc).

February 19 2014 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KATHI AND JOHN

OH NOOOOOOOO WE WILL HAVE TO GIVE 300,000 "GOVERMENT" FOLKS THE DAY OFF AGAIN

February 19 2014 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
alcat53

Repent...the world is coming to an end....(rack up your credit cards too!)

February 19 2014 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 19 2014 at 2:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

I just love it when people blame the gov. on the weather...laffin...weather is weather and doesn't have one darn thing to do with the gov. Get a grip people blame the weather on the weather and get off the politic crap...

February 19 2014 at 1:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
nick1511n

War, civil unrest, even the weather. The media loves it. They have gotten so good at what they do. As if all these things haven't happened in the past. They sell drama. There should be restraints. Just the facts all I want is the facts not the BS.

February 19 2014 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LUANN

Perhaps they " make a big deal" out of the weather because just like the idiot Gov of Georgia, they blame the weather for not " making a big deal out of it" In the past, everyone assumed that people had enough common sense to heed warnings and realize what was dangerous.

I no longer think we can make that assumption.

February 19 2014 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pjl900

So what happened? in the 1970's the environmental wack jobs were screaming the beginnings of a new Ice age, that fossil fuel oil had only less than a decade before totally running out that we had to convert to new synthentic fuels to survive. didn't happen, now, it's Global Warming, we have to stop mining coal which provides jobs and industry with power for synthentic and alternate fuel sources. It's the same hype from basically the same people. These past snow storms that has created so much stress according to my Dad says this is actual Winter weather, that we've had some mild winters in the last twenty years. I asked him what could have caused all this, His answer, " Volcanic activity". Happened really recently with the Artic ice shelf.. a volcanic fissure opened up on the ocean floor and five miles of the ice shelf melted. once the fissure finished, Six miles came back. Geology.. that simple. something entirely out of the hands of man. but we have to pay for it via "green taxes". Whena certain ex vice pres says we have to.. my dad smiles and laughs.. fruitcake.

February 19 2014 at 10:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Luis E. Bello-Herre

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night
Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1
So we should be happy in all seasons of life...
Rev. Ernesto Bell H.

February 19 2014 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
crowland503

The weather these days are like looking at Obamacare; you're totally sick of all of it. Wishing it would go away and not drain your bank account. Knowing that the Polar Vortex threatens your livelihood just as Obamacare extorts your rights. Listening to the harsh winds blowing just as bad as the Obamacare gang, on Capital Hill, constantly repeats a constant lie. Wondering if Obamacare will die out before your age of 27; when you're required to pay for not only your health care at a higher rate to support others, but still owing the cost of your student loan, while unable to move out of your parents' house. Enough to make you sick, but your doctor not able to see you, the hospital located in another county, and the prescription costs are sky high.

February 19 2014 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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