Severe thunderstorms, high winds expected for area tonight

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UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Friday

Latest model and radar weather data indicate the severe weather threat to the area has “slowed down,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

“The latest thinking is that the main severe weather squall line is expected to reach the I-95 corridor towards 8 p.m. now and the coast around 11 p.m.,” a NWS briefing stats. “A few storms may pop up ahead of the squall line but the main line is a bit slower in its eastward progression. Strong winds and hail are still the main concern with isolated areas of heavy rain.

“Tornado threat has diminished but is not zero.”

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather outlook for later this afternoon and into tonight.

According to meteorologists with the NWS, a strong cold front is expected to move across the region this evening, and a warm and humid air mass ahead of the colder temperatures will combine to create the potential for severe thunderstorms and possible isolated tornadoes.

The storms will also bring the potential for strong wind gusts of up to 58 miles per hour and hail, especially inland. Rainfall is expected to be half to three quarters of an inch, with isolated higher amounts.

The bulk of the severe weather is forecast to hit coastal areas around 8 or 9 p.m. tonight.

Check back for weather updates as they become available.