Strong storms rumble across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas

Saul Bowman
April 19, 2019

A strong cold front moving across the country is expected to bring some severe weather to the Cape Fear region according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. In the strongest storms, wind gusts may exceed 60 or 70 miles per hour. The Dallas and McKinney areas are at highest risk around 7 p.m. and later.

The timing of the storms and the potential for severity could change as the system moves closer, so it is important to stay weather aware and check back often for updates throughout the day. If and where this occurs, flooding of poor-drainage areas and creeks and streams is possible.

Yet it is highly likely we will be under a severe thunderstorm watch.

Bad weather is likely in New Orleans on Thursday (April 18), with the worst of it expected in the afternoon, forecasters with the National Weather Service said. The low will be 59 on Saturday morning, according to the weather service.

Orlando could see isolated lightning storms on Thursday afternoon ahead of the approaching front, meteorologists at the National Weather Service say.


'This is a risky, vigorous storm, ' Jim Hayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland, said on Wednesday.

On Thursday, "the greatest threat for tornadoes will be along the Gulf Coast states of MS and Alabama", CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Severe weather conditions are expected for southeastern Virginia beginning late Friday afternoon.

New York City, Philadelphia and Washington may face travel delays from the rain and possibly property damage from high winds, AccuWeather warned. But waves of showers containing some heavy downpours are possible earlier.

Texas residents braced for severe thunderstorms - with the threat of "baseball-sized" hail - by covering their vehicles with pretty much anything they could find.

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