Threat of Severe Storms and Flooding Rain Moves Into the South and East Friday

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Published: March 20, 2020

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms and localized flash flooding could hit parts of the South and East Friday as a cold front sweeps eastward.

Happening Now

A broad area from the Southern Plains to parts of the Ohio Valley and Northeast will see rain and thunderstorms Friday.

A few gusty thunderstorms are moving eastward through New England. Some storms are producing wind gusts as high as 65 mph, and winds remain gusty behind this line.

Trees and power lines were knocked down across multiple locations in the northern Adirondacks. Winds gusted to 68 mph at Fort Drum, New York, and to 59 mph near Massena and Edwardsville.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Heavy rains and flooding washed out a bridge in southeast Indiana early Friday morning. Four people are dead and two others were missing after at least two vehicles plunged into Sanes Creek near the town of Laurel early Friday morning.

Heavy rain has prompted flash flooding in parts of Ohio and trailer parks were evacuated in Heath and Camden early Friday. Roadways have been flooded in southern Ohio and several rescues from vehicles were reported, including near Englewood, Ohio. High water on Interstate 71 south of downtown Columbus, Ohio, was reported Friday morning.

Farther east, State Route 79 in Licking County was closed due to the road being washed out early Friday.

On Thursday, the Branson City Campground was evacuated in Missouri due to heavy rain and water releases from Table Rock Lake.

Friday-Friday Night Forecast

Isolated severe thunderstorms with strong winds could develop to end the workweek from the upper Ohio Valley into parts of the Northeast, as well as in parts of the South from eastern Texas into northern Alabama.

Damaging wind gusts is the primary threat, but hail and a tornado or two cannot be ruled out.


Friday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Flash flooding is also possible from storms that linger in the South. This includes an area from central Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley and southern Appalachians. Localized flash flooding may also develop in parts of the Ohio Valley.

Severe Weather Recap

There were eight reports of tornadoes in north-central Texas Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. A likely tornado caused major damage to a home near Tye, Texas, some 10 miles west of Abilene. The Tye Police Department also reported minor injuries.

About a dozen houses were damaged Thursday near Sunfield, Illinois, and camper trailers were blown across a field. Possible tornado damage was reported in Dahlgren, Illinois.

Baseball-size hail was reported in Catarina, Texas, Thursday evening.

Additionally, flash flooding was reported Thursday morning in northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri. The flooding prompted a water rescue in Ozark, Missouri.

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