This blog is no longer live as storms weaken Saturday morning. Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com for more updates as storms restrengthen Saturday afternoon.
A large complex of thunderstorms stretching from the Texas Panhandle through eastern Nebraska is producing widespread damaging winds and flooding downpours.
"These storms will continue racing eastward through the Plains into Saturday," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
Residents from Topeka, Kansas, through Springfield, Missouri, need to keep an eye on the weather through the overnight hours.
The thunderstorms will then track into Missouri on Saturday with yet another cluster set to erupt across the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma later on Saturday. Cities in the path of the severe and drenching thunderstorms tonight include Denver, Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas and Amarillo, Texas. The storms will also graze Oklahoma City.
4:42 a.m. CDT Saturday: The same line of thunderstorms that moved through Oklahoma City earlier in the night is getting ready to swing through Joplin, Missouri.
3:00 a.m. CDT Saturday: Wichita, Kansas, has received 2.06 inches of rain since midnight, according to NWS employee.
2:26 a.m. CDT Saturday: Law enforcement has reported that heavy rain has caused widespread street flooding in the Wichita metro area with vehicles stalled out on the roads.
1:33 a.m. CDT Saturday: A wind gust of 87 mph was recorded at the Oklahoma City airport as thunderstorms moved into the city.
12:57 a.m. CDT Saturday: A line of gusty thunderstorms is quickly approaching Oklahoma City. Winds can gust past 65 mph as the storm rolls through the city.
12:22 a.m. CDT Saturday: Wind gust up to 59 mph near Hinton, Oklahoma, according to Mesonet.
12:08 a.m. CDT Saturday: Wind gusts up to 65 mph near Hobart, Oklahoma, according to Mesonet.
11:10 p.m. CDT Friday: Thunderstorms capable of producing wind gusts past 55 mph are approaching Wichita, Kansas.
9:50 p.m.CDT Friday: Steel buildings reported to have suffered wind damage near Canyon, Texas, reports Randall County Fire Department and Rescue.
9:40 p.m. CDT Friday:
Ok, just drove through the most severe thunderstorm I've ever witnessed. Kansas weather means business. pic.twitter.com/26Rf6Tlibv— J. Kenji López-Alt (@TheFoodLab) June 7, 2014
9:15 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts up to 79 mph reported near Gove, Kansas, with blowing dust, according to Mesonet.
9:01 p.m. CDT Friday: Near Turpin, Oklahoma, Highway 83 is closed due to flooding north of Beaver River Bridge, reports emergency management.
9:00 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts of 72 mph reported in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Mesonet.
8:30 p.m. CDT Friday:
8:21 p.m.CDT Friday:
Storms moving through with winds 60-80 mph and blowing dust. Heavy rain also likely.— NWS Goodland (@NWSGoodland) June 7, 2014
8:15 p.m. CDT Friday: More than 1,500 Oncor customers without power primarily in Dallas and Crane counties, Texas, reports the utility.
8:07 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts up to 79 mph reported near Atwood, Kansas, according to Mesonet.
7:40 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts up to 70 mph reported in Goodland, Kansas, according to an NWS observation
7:30 p.m. CDT Friday: Trinidad, Colorado:
7:39 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts up to 70 mph reported in Goodland, Kansas, according to an NWS observation.
7:10 p.m.CDT Friday: NWS reports a tornado and wind gusts up to 79 mph in Clovis, New Mexico.
7:06 p.m. CDT Friday: Golf ball sized-hail reported near Spearman, Texas, according to law enforcement.
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5:22 p.m.CDT Friday:Wind gusts up to 85 mph reported near North Platte, NE, according to an NWS observation.
5:07 p.m. CDT Friday: Flooding and 3.7 inches of rain within the last hour reported in Grenada, Mississippi, reports NWS spotter.
4:41 p.m. CDT Friday: Golf ball sized-hail reported near Sheridan Lake, Colorado, according to a NWS trained spotter.
4:25 p.m. CDT Friday:
4:17 p.m. CDT Friday:
3:40 p.m. CDT Friday: Golf ball sized hail reported near Walhalla, South Carolina, reports NWS spotter.
3:36 p.m. CDT Friday: Near Newport, Arkansas:
3 p.m. CDT Friday:Tornado reported 7 miles east of Trinidad, Colorado, at 2:58 p.m. by law enforcement.
2:30 p.m. CDT Friday: Cullman, Alabama:
2:25 p.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts up to 65 mph reported near Sherwood, Arkansas, reports NWS spotter.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be throughout the overnight hours.
Sunny skies and cooler conditions will be the rule this week in Chicago.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Bouts of heavy rain will once again visit the Southeast this week, bringing the threat of flooding and travel delays.
Dauphin Island clocked a 57 mph wind gust at the time of the boating incident, according to Mesonet.