Residents of the northern Rockies and northern Plains should prepare for damaging winds spanning through Wednesday, as a powerful windstorm sweeps through the region.
Many places from Great Falls, Mont., to Kansas City, Mo., could be hit with wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph.
Other cities in the massive wind tunnel include Rapid City, S.D.; Bismarck, N.D.; Omaha, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; and Des Moines, Iowa. The core of the strongest winds will pass south and west of Minneapolis.
Gusts as high as 90 mph will hammer the ridges and mountain passes of the northern Rockies.
Approaching hurricane force, these winds will likely take down tree limbs and power lines, leading to power outages, property damage and travel concerns. There is a risk of vehicle rollovers in areas where there is a crosswind, especially in the I-25 corridor.
The same crosswinds can lead to flight delays at some airports.
Winds produced by the non-tropical cyclone over the north-central U.S. may be stronger than the winds experienced in Bermuda as Hurricane Rafael passed to the east of the islands Tuesday night.
While the storm system and its winds will peak over the Plains, strong gusts will reach into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region by Thursday. Gusts between 40 and 50 mph are possible in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Louisville and Cincinnati.
A storm system that brought drenching rain to the Pacific Northwest Monday evening will rapidly strengthen as it pushes east of the Rockies, near the U.S./Canada border during the middle of the week.
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Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.
Near-normal temperatures and the chance for wet weather will mark the beginning of the weekend, as July transitions to August.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms has expanded to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
A cold front swinging across the northeastern United States will bring the threat of drenching thunderstorms to end Thursday with less humid air to follow for Friday.
A cold front will press southward bringing relief from the heat to Spain, Italy and southeast Europe late this week.
Following the steam bath of this week, the weather around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore will not be in a hurry to cool down.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
Amarillo, TX (1982)
4.22" of rain -- 24-hour July rainfall record.
Eureka, CA (1982)
A total of 0.03" in drizzle -- a daily rainfall record for midsummer.
11 of the past 12 days brought heavy rain to at least some part of the state.