More flight delays likely as another round of storms forecast

"Showers and thunderstorms will develop again this afternoon, with lightning, hail, gusty winds and heavy downpours," WSB -TV meteorologist Karen Minton said early Thursday.

The National Weather Service warned that some of the heavier storms could dump as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain in areas where the ground is already saturated, resulting in minor flooding.

The rainy pattern will persist into the weekend, forecasters said. The chance of rain is 40 percent today, 70 percent on Friday, 30 percent Saturday and 40 percent Sunday.

Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

After a third day this week of lightning-riddled skies, Federal Aviation Administration officials late Wednesday night reported flights delayed by as much as two hours and 38 minutes at the nation's busiest airport.

Staff writer Marcus K. Garner contributed to this article.

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