Severe weather outbreak hits East Coast just before long weekend

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Forecasters said the biggest threat of severe weather would likely be over Glades County and other areas west of Lake Okeechobee. "Storms would move off towards the northeast or east-northeast at around 35 miles per hour".

While a watch means tornadoes are possible in an area, warnings indicate twisters have been observed, the National Weather Service says.

(ABC News) The storms will move off the East Coast by Saturday night.

The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South. Dozens of schools in MS and Alabama dismissed students early as a precaution.

All eyes are on the severe weather threat looming over South Louisiana today ahead of a cold front that is now moving through East Texas and will begin to push in to parts of Southwest Louisiana later this morning.

No significant structural damage was reported, but heavy rainfall caused flash flooding that prompted the shutdown of Interstate 30 in central Arkansas and the closure of several schools around Little Rock. The weather service said NY is expected to receive the most rain late Friday night through early Saturday afternoon and could see moderate coastal flooding.

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'Dallas and Oklahoma City, from there on eastward is probably at greatest threat from damaging winds, flooding downpours and tornadoes, ' said Feerick.

Garner, Clayton and Knightdale are under a severe thunderstorm warning until noon, the National Weather Service says. Friday will be cool but sunny, with a high of about 52.

Georgia power companies reported that more than 37,000 customers were without power around the state Friday afternoon.

What we call a "squall line", a solid line of heavy rain and thunderstorms, will march across the Gulf of Mexico today and eventually arrive in South Florida tonight. But he said radar readings appear to show a tornado formed in Franklin County, which is south of Roanoke.

The state was just beginning to recover from last weekend's storm system that left one county in shreds, killed one, and injured nine people across the state.

Strong storms were rumbling through Georgia on Friday, after killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

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