By Brian Lada
A cold front pushing through the Southeast will bring the risk of severe weather to part of the region Thursday afternoon.
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast from Delaware to Mississippi for much of Thursday, but stronger storms will hold off until the afternoon and evening hours.
Thursday morning appears like the better time to get work done outside or try and fit in your daily outdoor exercise routine as showers and thunderstorms become more widespread as the day progresses.
Cities that could see a gusty thunderstorm Thursday afternoon include Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; and Augusta, Georgia.
Wind in these storms can occasionally gust up to 60 mph which can bring down large tree branches and cause localized power outages.
Torrential downpours may also result in urban flooding which may result in some travel delays during the evening commute.
Flash flooding will not be confined to storms from Richmond to Augusta.
Moisture readily available from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel heavy downpours with thunderstorms that develop from Georgia to Louisiana.
While these storms across the Gulf Coast states are not expected to turn severe, they may still cause flight delays at airports across the area. This includes the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, known to be one of the busiest airports in the world.
The threat of strong thunderstorms in the Southeast will diminish heading into the weekend.
However, showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for part of the region each day through Sunday, impacting weekend events such as ballgames and cookouts.
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