A weak front draped across the Southeast, combined with plentiful tropical moisture, is aiding in producing numerous showers and thunderstorms, leading to an isolated severe thunderstorm risk and flash flood threat into the weekend.
A strong storm system will dive south from the mid-Mississippi Valley on Friday, resulting in more widespread rain and thunderstorms across the Southeast and parts of the mid-Atlantic and continuing through Saturday, according to the FOX Forecast Center.
An isolated severe storm with small hail and strong wind gusts is possible Friday afternoon. Be sure to keep an eye on current conditions and download the FOX Weather app to receive important weather alerts if any are issued.
The greatest chance for some scattered instances of flash flooding is forecast for the coastal plains of South Carolina.
"If you're waking up in South Carolina, also eastern North Carolina, big heads up for you guys this morning," FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin said. "The slow motion of these thunderstorms moving through, we are definitely seeing a lot of red and yellow, indicating the heavy rain."
Areas around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, could see rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches of rain per hour.
The FOX Forecast Center estimates 1 to 3 inches of rain will be common through Saturday, with localized amounts as high as 5 inches.
Other areas that could see a flooding threat are southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama, as well as along the coasts of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.
"As we continue our day, you're going to see a lot more action with that heat of the afternoon across the Gulf Coast moving into the Southeast," Merwin said.
And then again, on Saturday afternoon and evening, it will be very busy with widely scattered thunderstorms.
"If you get missed, you're just kind of hot and humid. But if you get hit, it's torrential rain that you're dealing with," Merwin said.