Downpours, Gusty Storms Sunday: Detroit to Nashville

By Jordan Root, Meteorologist
October 6, 2013; 9:31 AM ET
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Downpours and gusty winds will continue to accompany the rain and thunderstorms stretching from Michigan to Mississippi on Sunday.

Cities experiencing a wet Sunday include Detroit, Mich., Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nashville, Tenn.

There will be more in the way of downpours than thunderstorms producing gusty winds.

However, the strength of the winds within these locally gusty thunderstorms could bring down small trees and branches. Sporadic power outages may occur as a result.

Where the downpours drop too much rainfall in a short amount of time, flash flooding could result in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

This is the same storm system that spun up a tornado outbreak across the central U.S. on Friday. Damage in Wayne, Neb., suggested that an EF-4 tornado had touched down. Most of the damage however was rated EF-2 and EF-3, according to the National Weather Service in Omaha.

The storm also brought a blizzard to portions of Wyoming and South Dakota, dumping 48 inches of snow in Deadwood, S.D., while winds gusted between 60 and 70 mph in nearby locations.

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Another round of strong storms re-kindled on Saturday bringing a few more tornado reports and gusty winds from Wisconsin to Tennessee.

In addition to the severe thunderstorms, record rainfall was measured in parts of Kentucky and Arkansas on Saturday.

The 5.91 inches of rain Louisville, Ky., received alone on Saturday not only set a daily rainfall record, but is also now the city's all-time wettest October day. Nearly 7 inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours, ending at 10 a.m. EDT Sunday.

People became trapped in the vehicles by the resultant flooding, which also inundated roads.

Although this storm has a severe history, much of the thunderstorms on Sunday will not reach severe criteria. The main threats will be gusty winds and drenching downpours that could lead to localized flooding.

The soaking rainfall will benefit some areas that had below-average September rainfall including Detroit and Cleveland.

Detroit collected only 37 percent of their normal rainfall for September, while Cleveland measured 51 percent.

Football games are likely to be impacted as the thunderstorms rumble through on Sunday afternoon.

Folks heading to Cincinnati at 1 p.m. to see the Bengals take on the Patriots may want to bring a poncho. It will also be a wet game in Nashville as the Titans take on the Chiefs at 1 p.m.

Sunday night, the heavy rain will stretch from near lakes Huron and Erie to the eastern Tennessee Valley and the spine of the southern Appalachians.

The heavy rain focus will shift to the Northeast on Monday as the storm advances farther east. Some moisture from Karen will combine with the front bringing soaking rainfall to the Northeast.

Improving conditions will gradually settle in after the large storm departs midweek.

Story written by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jordan Root.

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