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Outbreak of Severe Weather from Midwest to Mid-Atlantic

By: By Henry Margusity accuweather.com
By: By Henry Margusity accuweather.com

The heavily populated Midwest will be the target of a major outbreak of violent thunderstorms this evening through tonight. This outbreak threatens to become the worst severe weather event of the year for parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley. The danger lies in the timing of the storms. Most storms will occur overnight, and that means people need to be aware that tornadoes and damaging wind gusts can hit while sleeping.

The area of greatest concern for widespread, damaging severe weather lies from eastern Iowa, northern Missouri and northern Illinois into Indiana and Ohio. This includes Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Kirksville, Peoria, Indianapolis, South Bend, Kalamazoo and Dayton. That area will have severe storms developing by tonight with potential for damaging winds, tornadoes and hail. These thunderstorms will form into a squall line, which will race through the Ohio Valley during the evening and overnight hours.

The main threats from the severe weather through tonight will be hail and powerful winds. Roads and yards will likely become littered with downed trees. The falling trees could severely injure those that do not seek shelter and cause additional damage by landing on homes and cars. Power outages and travel delays are possible.

Flooding downpours will be another danger from the severe weather. Several tornadoes could also touch down and cause destruction. Any thunderstorm that fires ahead of the squall line will pose the greatest risk of spawning a tornado.

The main threats from the severe weather through tonight will be hail and powerful winds. Roads and yards will likely become littered with downed trees. The falling trees could severely injure those that do not seek shelter and cause additional damage by landing on homes and cars. Power outages and travel delays are possible.

Flooding downpours will be another danger from the severe weather. Several tornadoes could also touch down and cause destruction. Any thunderstorm that fires ahead of the squall line will pose the greatest risk of spawning a tornado.


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