The strongest storm system to hit the Midwest in years will blast through the region over the next couple of days.
The biggest, most widespread impact will be howling winds that cause major travel disruptions along with damage and power outages in communities across nearly a dozen states.
Power outages were already reported in parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky early Tuesday morning, and these are only the beginning.
Winds will continue strengthening across a large swath stretching from the Dakotas to Michigan and Ohio today. The winds will hold strong through Wednesday with 55-mph gusts being common. In some areas, especially farther west into Minnesota and Iowa, winds could even gust near 75 mph.
Winds of this magnitude can easily take down trees and power lines with power outages resulting. With chilly temperatures in the forecast for a large part of the region, many people could be left shivering where power outages do occur.
These powerful winds will also wreak havoc on travel both on the ground and in the air. Airport delays are a pretty much a guarantee for the major hubs of the Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit, through Wednesday.
Delays were already mounting at busy Chicago O'Hare Tuesday morning and will no doubt create a ripple effect across the nation. The result will be a nightmare for airline passengers with flights connecting through or originating from Chicago.
The winds will also be strong enough to topple over high profile vehicles. People traveling along major highways and interstates should be prepared for the possibility of detours around semi-trucks that have been overturned by the winds.
In many places across the Midwest, the high winds today will be accompanied by soaking rain and thunderstorms, some severe. This means residents better get out the raincoats, as winds will whip the rain horizontally and render umbrellas nearly useless.
While the winds will keep up Wednesday, most of the Midwest will dry out. However, chilly rain and even wet snow is in store for parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan late Tuesday into Wednesday as the winds drive cold air into the region.
People in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., will need to bundle up Wednesday morning, as AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures, which provide a measure of how cold it will feel with the wind factored in, will be in the teens. Meanwhile, in Fargo, N.D., RealFeel® temperatures will fall into the single digits!
Tropical Depression Eight will brush the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms into Wednesday.
Tropical Depression Nine will continue to churn over the Gulf of Mexico before turning toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance has moved off the coast of Africa and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Two tropical systems, Madeline and Lester, could pose hazards to Hawaii from the middle of the week into Labor Day weekend.
Though the summer season is winding down, forecasters are predicting a warm start to fall across the Northeast — a weather pattern that could spell bad news for fall foliage lovers.
The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.
Houston, TX (1990)
A total of 0.31 inches of rain today. This was the first measurable rain in Houston since July 30th with 0.16 inches. This is the longest dry spell ever in Houston in August.
Philadelphia, PA (1991)
Mercury reached 90 degrees or better for the 49th day this year, as the high was 92. This tied the all-time record for the most 90 plus days in a year, set in 1988. The record would be broken in September. The total for 1991 was 53 days.
West Chester, PA (1922)
So much hail fell that fields were covered with up to two feet drifted hail--the next day!!