A system is pushing across the eastern portion of the United States and already causing severe weather along with an ongoing tornado threat in North Carolina and Virginia.
"Severe thunderstorms with potential for damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are expected across the southern through mid Atlantic Coast region", the weather service said, "particularly across the Carolinas into southern Virginia" Friday afternoon and into the evening.
Flood watches are in effect for more than 40 million people in the Northeast through Saturday afternoon, CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.
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. The thunderstorms will be able to produce damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes. Heavy winds also were reported in Louisiana earlier in the day and in central Alabama as the system quickly pushed eastward.
The same system produced tornadoes and hail earlier in North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas and Louisiana.
If those storms don't develop, there will be another chance for severe storms to form overnight and into Thursday morning south of I-80, Castro said.
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Tornado warnings had been issued in Alamance, Orange and Person counties until 10:30 a.m. and for the Henderson area until 11:30 a.m., according to the service.
A second death was reported in St Clair County, Mississippi, after a tree fell on a home, late yesterday, according to AccuWeather.
Kenderick Magee, 24, was also killed while driving in the storm, WLBT-TV reported. A second unidentified driver was killed the same day when his auto hit a tree in in Neshoba County, according to the affiliate.
Authorities say a tree fell through the roof of a condemned house in Reston and tree damage was reported at an intersection in Fredericks Hall.
A Mississippi man was killed Thursday afternoon when his auto hit a tree on a highway south of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Neshoba County Coroner John Stephens told local news outlets.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency Friday evening following violent thunderstorms from the day before that damaged neighborhoods and businesses throughout the state.