The severe weather threat will cover a smaller area Friday, but it will still impact many people. The powerful thunderstorms will take aim at the heavily populated eastern mid-Atlantic states. Norfolk, Washington, D.C., and Dover are among the cities, towns and rural areas the thunderstorms will threaten.

The severe weather is currently expected to remain south of Philadelphia. If you live in or are visiting the city, continue to check back with AccuWeather.com in case the threat zone shifts farther north.

The strongest thunderstorms over the eastern mid-Atlantic will produce damaging winds, hail and drenching downpours. An isolated tornado or two may also touch down. If you are planning any outdoor activities, the afternoon will be the best time. The severe weather will be confined to the first half of Friday.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski