By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
January 11, 2014
Just days after an arctic blast busted low temperature records in the Southeast, this weekend is starting with severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes.
The violent thunderstorms did not wait for the heating of the day to erupt, bearing down on the Atlanta area shortly after daybreak.
As the day goes on, several other large population centers across the Southeast could be impacted. This includes Richmond, Va., Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.
“Strong winds with the most intense thunderstorms can knock down trees and power lines, creating electricity service disruptions and possibly damage to property,” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde.
There will be enough twisting of the winds that some thunderstorms could spawn tornadoes. This setup does not favor an outbreak of tornadoes, but rather a situation where tornadoes could form on an isolated basis.