This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT shows fairly widespread cloud cover over the nation\'s mid-section as another intense Spring Storm hits the Great Lakes and ... more 
This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:45 AM EDT shows fairly widespread cloud cover over the nation\'s mid-section as another intense Spring Storm hits the Great Lakes and the Eastern Valleys. Significant daytime heating combines with a very moist and unstable airmass over these regions to stir up numerous bands of rain, thunderstorms, and severe weather events. Much of the East remains at risk of severe weather activity through the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a high risk of severe storms statement for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. A moderate risk of severe storms statement is in effect for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, western Virginia, western North Carolina, western South Carolina, and northern Georgia. Finally, a slight risk of severe storms statement has been issued for parts of the Mid-Mississippi Valley, the central to eastern Gulf Coast States, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, central to southern Appalachian Mountains, the Carolinas, the Mid-Atlantic, and the northeastern states. A major tornado outbreak is expected across the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through the southern Ohio Valley during the afternoon and evening. Numerous Tornado Watches and Warnings are in effect across these areas. Residents in the East are encouraged to monitor their local weather activity and take proper precautions against severe weather activity. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) less 
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Associated Press
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT