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BLOG: First Alert Day issued for Monday, severe storms possible

(Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV) (Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV)
(Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV) (Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV)
(Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV) (Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV)

Morning showers and evening severe thunderstorms has caused A First Alert Day to be declared for Monday.

The storm system is currently over Central Texas, where Tornado Watches and  Flash Flood Watches are in effect. The bullseye for severe weather moves to east Texas/Louisiana Sunday, before arriving into parts of the southeast Monday.

Right now, areas north of I-40 are under a marginal risk for severe storms, meaning isolated severe weather is possible. A slight risk area is south of I-40 which includes the Charlotte metro, where scattered severe storms are possible. This is one threshold above marginal risk on the Storm Prediction Center's outlook. The most damaging storms will hold across Alabama and Georgia, where there is an enhanced risk of severe weather.

As with any severe storms this time of year, dangers that cannot be ruled out include damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado.

An additional threat with this system may be isolated flooding due to heavy rain, especially across the western part of the Carolinas where 1-3" of rain fell Friday morning. That rain already led to isolated flooding. This is once again the part of the viewing area that stands to see the most rain out of this system, so these areas will be monitored for minor flooding potential as well.

Right now, the timing of severe weather looks to be late afternoon for western areas and early evening central/eastern. There will be some scattered showers during the morning, but they will be light. The second half of the day will certainly be more disruptive. If you don't already, be sure you have the WBTV weather app downloaded and the alerts turned on so you will be notified if a severe weather warning is issued for your location during your evening commute!

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

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