Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of 4 states as storms with hail, damaging wind threaten
The primary impacts from the storms will be heavy rainfall, hail and damaging winds, but meteorologists warn an isolated tornado can't be ruled out
In typical early-summer fashion, severe storms will be possible across the South on Friday as a stalled frontal boundary will help kick off scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The greatest chance of seeing strong to severe storms will stretch from Arkansas to the Gulf Coast.
The primary impacts from the storms will be heavy rainfall, hail and damaging winds, but meteorologists warn an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
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The following weather alerts have been issued:
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m. Central for southern Louisiana.
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m. Central for southwestern Alabama, the western Florida Panhandle and southeastern Mississippi.
- Flood Watch through midday Friday for much of Arkansas, southeastern Kansas, far southwestern Missouri and much of Oklahoma.
Below is a loop of the current radar across the country. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow, while Tornado Warnings are indicated in red.
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Severe thunderstorms continue Friday as storms track farther southeastward across parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
Damaging wind gusts and large hail are the primary risks until the storms move offshore into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday evening.
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No organized areas of severe thunderstorms are expected as we kick off the weekend Saturday, but a few severe storms could return to portions of the Northern Plains or upper Midwest late in the weekend or early next week.
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