Thunderstorms were again strengthening across the Plains from Texas to the Dakotas Tuesday afternoon. Severe storms could even reach as far east as Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Nearly 50 million people across the nation will have some risk for severe thunderstorms, including those in major cities like Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tornadoes and large hail impacted parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma during the early evening hours. The threat of more severe weather will continue into the late night hours Tuesday.
Winds gusted to 66 mph northwest of Amarillo, Texas and hail as large as golf balls was also reported.
Hail as large as baseballs in western Nebraska, western Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles was reported.
This kind of hail is capable of causing serious injury to anyone caught outside. It can also kill exposed livestock, damage or destroy crops and smash windshields.
Elsewhere, hail larger than quarters is possible from Missouri into Illinois and eastward to perhaps Pittsburgh and Erie in Pennsylvania.
Hail of this size is still capable of damaging or denting vehicles and causing injury to people or animals that are exposed.
Winds gusts greater than 60 mph are possible in the isolated storms throughout the threat region, and this kind of wind could easily topple trees, power poles and lift any unsecured objects.
These thunderstorms will also impact some of the same areas that were affected in recent days, and flash flooding from heavy rainfall is a concern, especially across parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.
If you will be out and about into the evening, keep an eye to the sky, keep an eye on radars on your smart phone and pay attention to weather bulletins.
Once thunderstorms develop, they will strengthen quickly, and severe weather could follow soon after.
Be sure to understand the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that an area is being monitored for dangerous weather. A warning means that dangerous weather is imminent.
Keep in mind that lightning is one of Mother Nature's most dangerous killers. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning, even if the sun is still shining.
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes is forecast to erupt over the Central states beginning Wednesday, continuing into the end of the week.
As temperatures rise through the weekend in the South, so will the risk for heat-related dangers.
While heavy rainfall inundated the Phoenix area with historic flooding, deadly landslides occurred in Japan, claiming dozens of lives.
While a tropical low is expected to brew into Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend, the East Coast of the U.S. is being monitored for future impacts -- even if the storm remains well offshore.
United States residents may pay higher heating costs this fall as colder air is expected to grip the Rockies and Plains at times and some quick-hitting chilly shots may impact the Northeast.
A swath of soaking rain will slowly shift from the northern Plains to the Canadian Prairies this weekend, making people reach for their umbrellas and heightening concerns for flooding.
While residents will face more disruptions to outdoor activities on Saturday, dry air will push southward across Pittsburgh to end the weekend.
East-Central Kentucky (1980)
2-1/2 to 3 inches of rain in 45 minutes. 75 homes were flooded and one was washed off its foundation, ending up blocking a roadway in the community of Beauty (near the WV-KY line). Heavy damage was reported, there including a washed-out bridge.
Wichita Falls, TX (1980)
108 degrees -- new record high for this date, also the 56th day of the last 59 days that they have reached 100 degrees or more.
New Orleans, LA (1980)
102 degrees -- highest reading ever recorded in the Mardi Gras city.