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Riccardo Chiarini

Storm Alert: Thunderstorms with damaging winds, flooding downpours, hail and tornadoes will threaten lives and property in the southern United States through the weekend. Large parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee and a small portion of northeast Mississippi would be under a tornado threat Monday afternoon and Monday evening, with an enhanced risk of severe storms covers Nashville and Chattanooga in Tennessee; and Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in Alabama.

Violent Weekend

On Friday night, thunderstorms will begin to erupt across Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The storms have prompted several tornado warnings.

As one batch of severe thunderstorms cycles eastward, a new round of severe weather will erupt farther west along the Gulf coast and the lower Mississippi Valley during Saturday night.

Locally severe thunderstorms are possible as far west and north as Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; during Saturday night.

In Alabama, tornadoes, hail the size of tennis balls and 70 mph winds were most likely to occur in parts of central and northern Alabama, including all of metro Birmingham.

In Georgia, the highest risk of tornadoes will be in northwest Georgia, including Dalton, Rome and Cartersville.

New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, are among cities that will be threatened by this first round of storms. The risk of tornadoes will linger through the morning hours and will pose an added risk.

Thunderstorms Continue Sunday

Line of severe thunderstorms to sweep across southeastern US on Sunday

This fast-moving, solid line of thunderstorms will bring a second threat of severe weather to some locations. It will carry the risk of violent weather conditions to many more places in the South, when compared to early in the weekend.

The threat of storms will extend northward from the Gulf coast to northern Georgia. It might go as far to the east as the coasts of northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

By Sunday night, the damaging thunderstorms will shift into eastern North Carolina and South Florida, including Miami.

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