Following on the heels of severe storm activity from Texas to Georgia on Easter Sunday, potentially severe thunderstorms are expected to flare up across portions of the South this week. The worst of the weather could produce large hail, damaging winds and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. There is also a likelihood that tornadoes could spawn out of the unstable weather.
Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Fort Pierce Florida are among the cities that will be directly in the path of severe storms in Florida this week. The main concerns with the thunderstorm activity are strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. The National Weather Service had a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the Houston, TX area Tuesday night. The main threats with the storm over the Houston area are hail, high winds and locally heavy rainfall. Residents of Houston were being warned Tuesday night to be aware of the possibility of localized flooding on roadways Wednesday and were being reminded of the dangers of driving through standing water.
The same system that will produce storms in Texas will also cause bad weather along the Gulf Coast. This unstable weather system with potentially damaging winds, hail and severe thunderstorms will eventually hit the northern portion of Florida by Thursday at the latest. An upper level low pressure system that was over the four corners states Tuesday is responsible for sending the severe weather into the South. This system already stirred up a ruckus of storms across west Texas Tuesday with hail, wind and a couple of tornado touch downs. More storms will be developing around Texas’s Big Bend area Wednesday. They say that everything in Texas is big and some of the storms in the Lone Star State will be big from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning from the Big Bend region across to the Houston area. Eventually the storms will move across the South to bring severe weather to New Orleans and northern Florida. By Thursday, severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and potential flooding will be a real threat to the northern portion of Florida including the Panhandle.
Thunderstorms in the Sunshine State late Thursday into early Friday could produce damaging winds and a few tornadoes. The air will be warm enough with just the right amount of humidity on Friday to support super-cell storms and potentially dangerous tornadoes. As the severe weather moves into the South, enough rain could come down to provide some relief of drought conditions from central Texas to parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Then, later in the week, some needed rainfall will come down on portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and of course Florida. Some areas could receive up to four inches of rain when all is said and done. Urban and low-lying areas could very well flood with that type of heavy rainfall so folks living in the South should be aware of what’s happening weather-wise this week into the weekend.