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An Early Look At Thursday’s Storms

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All modes of severe weather are on the table Thursday, including strong damaging winds, tornadoes, and large hail.

Our next bout with strong storms in the Brazos Valley may wait until many of us are sleeping. As far as thunderstorm outlooks go, the is essentially "level 2 of 5" for severe weather concerns, although they have been known to be conservative in the extended range. A few isolated storms and some showers may develop prior to that, but the main wave of storms happens between 6 PM and 12 AM. Heavy rain is likely as well, potentially dropping up to 2-3 inches widespread before sunrise Thursday. That includes densely populated areas around San Antonio; Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kansas City; Wichita, Kansas; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

While the severe weather threat will diminish as we head towards the early morning hours of Saturday, the upper level low pressure system associated with is will unfortunately be rather slow to exit the region. The weather service says there will be an enhanced risk of storms including twisters from the Louisiana Gulf Coast as far north as northern MS and Alabama.

Louisiana and MS will be at risk Thursday morning, with the storms moving on Thursday afternoon through the evening into Alabama and Georgia. Meanwhile, there is a slight risk of storms spanning most of the Florida panhandle. "The threat will transition unevenly more toward wind with time, and a few tornadoes also are possible." the Storm Prediction Forecast Center said.

By Friday morning, the storms will near coastal Atlantic states, bringing the potential for severe weather from Florida to Washington.

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