Four people were killed in the storms that touched down in many areas still reeling from last weekend's severe weather and tornadoes.
A tree came down on an apartment complex in an Atlanta suburb, but only one person reported a minor injury and was treated at the scene, Gwinnett County fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lightning and downpours will accompany the storms as they move through.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center called for 15 percent chances of damaging wind gusts and 2 percent chances for isolated tornadoes across Maryland.
Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and hail in the lower Midwest moved into the storm-weary Southeast.
The line of storms moving eastward is expected to linger in the Triangle until 10 p.m. according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington office said they expected a lull in activity until the potentially severe storms arrive.
Powerful storms pounded the Deep South with rains and strong winds, killing at least three people and threatening some areas with tornadoes on Good Friday. No significant structural damage has been reported. Friday will be cool but sunny, with a high of about 52.
The rest of the day and night will then see a good chance of rain - 60 percent increasing to 80 percent from the afternoon through the night - with the wind potentially reaching a gusty 25 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. He was like, 'I think it's a 'tornado, ' " Skipper said.
Warm weather is just a few more thunderstorms away. The storm system that drenched central Arkansas also killed two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama and left more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
The threat Friday shifted to Georgia, where multiple tornado warnings covered parts of northeast Georgia.
Thursday's storms toppled trees, downed power lines and damaged property.