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High severe weather risk, tornadoes for southeast U.S.

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-22 10:16:22-05

RICHMOND, Va. — A powerful storm system caused widespread severe weather across the southern United States on Saturday.  There were nearly 200 reports of severe weather, including 26 tornadoes which produced multiple fatalities.

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More severe weather will occur across the southeastern United States, with a high risk of tornadoes across parts of Georgia and Florida lasting into Sunday night.  Some of these tornadoes will be long-track, which means they will stay on the ground for quite a while.  Non-tornadic storms will produce damaging wind gusts and large hail.

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Some thunderstorms will be possible across southern Virginia late Sunday into Sunday night.  A few isolated storms may produce strong wind gusts.  The risk for tornadoes is extremely low, since the better ingredients for them will remain south of Virginia.

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Occasional rain between Sunday and Monday night will produce over an inch of rain in some locations.  Thunderstorms will be possible on Monday, but should remain below severe limits.

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