Severe Storms Target East Coast Friday

A cold front will head through the East Coast on Friday with a threat of scattered severe storms.

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Published: Apr 19, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT weather.com

Friday’s Forecast

Localized damaging wind gusts are the main concern from the southern Mid-Atlantic to the central/eastern Carolinas, however we cannot rule out an isolated tornado. The cold front responsible for the storms will then push off the East Coast Friday night, allowing the weekend ahead to be mostly free of severe weather.

In addition to severe thunderstorms, heavy rain from this same storm system has caused significant flooding in the Midwest. The Chicago metro area was hit hard by major flash flooding on Thursday morning.

Major flooding is either ongoing or is forecast to occur at many river gauge locations along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Several river gauge locations in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan are also forecast to see major flooding.

Altogether, 46 river/stream gauge locations were in major flooding as of early Friday morning in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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