Update at 3:10 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
This blog is no longer live, as the threat for severe weather has diminished. However, some thunderstorms still continue from eastern Texas to Illinois. Detailed reports of the event can be found below.
The severe weather threat, which began on Sunday across the Plains, continued into Monday night as storms move eastward into the Midwest.
The main threats that these storms brought were hail and damaging winds, although a few stronger storms managed to spin up brief tornadoes.
Some storms dropped several inches of rain in under an hour, resulting in flash flooding. The worst of this flooding occurred in Texas around the cities of San Antonio, Houston and Austin.
2:47 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Heavy thunderstorms continue to impact Houston, San Antonio and Austin.
1:14 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Eight roads in New Braunfels, Texas, have been closed and barricaded due to flooding, according to Emergency Manager.
12:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday: There are more than 21,000 electric customers being affected by power outages around San Antonio, according to CPS Energy.
11:42 p.m. CDT Monday: TXDOT has closed the lower levels of I-35 in downtown San Antonio due to flooding.
11:17 p.m. CDT Monday: Heavy rain has totaled 3.02 inches in just 70 minutes northwest of San Antonio, according to CoCoRaHS.
10:44 p.m. CDT Monday: Farm fields are flooding onto roads around the town of Atkinson, Wisconsin, according to law enforcement.
10:05 p.m. CDT Monday: High waters are pouring through basement windows into a home near the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, NWS employee reports.
9:53 p.m. CDT Monday: Heavy downpours have flooded multiple streets around the Cleveland area, leaving some cars stranded, according to NWS spotters.
9:34 p.m. CDT Monday: Rain has totaled 3.75 inches so far today near Keokuk, Iowa, with rain still in the area, according to NWS spotter.
8:35 p.m. CDT Monday: Heavy rain totaling 2.33 inches reported 4 miles east of Bath, Clinton County, Michigan, according to Mesonet.
7:54 p.m. CDT Monday: Tornado warning sirens sound in Medina, Ohio.
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7:35 p.m. CDT Monday:
7:28 p.m. CDT Monday: Heavy rain totaling 2.6 inches in 90 minutes reported in Shelbina, Monroe County, Missouri, according to NWS spotter.
7:20 p.m. CDT Monday: Flash flooding totaling more than 2 feet of water on roadway near Whitney, Hill County, Texas, reports county law enforcement.
6:52 p.m. CDT Monday: Flooding near Vermilion Ohio:
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6:35 p.m. CDT Monday: Wind gusts up to 50 mph, hail and street flooding reported 4 miles SSW of Keokuk, Hancock County, Iowa, reports NWS spotter.
6:30 p.m. CDT Monday:
All storms along the east of the Mississippi River through 8 pm will be capable of producing pea size hail & 40 to 50 mph winds! Go inside!— NWS Quad Cities (@NWSQuadCities) May 12, 2014
5:54 p.m. CDT Monday: Due to thunderstorms, ground delays are in effect for arrival traffic to Chicago O'Hare International Airport & Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, reports FAA.
5:15 p.m. CDT Monday: Hail in Vermilion, Ohio
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4:29 p.m. CDT Monday:
Rope tornado reported just north of Detroit Beach in Monroe County at 5:22PM— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) May 12, 2014
3:57 p.m. CDT Monday: Funnel cloud reported near Taylor, Wayne County, Michigan, according to NWS spotter.
3:45 p.m. CDT Monday:
3:42 p.m. CDT Monday: Golf ball-sized hail in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin, law enforcement reports
Millions of Americans will be disappointed as the recent dry weather and high risk for wildfires across the western United States has put firework bans into effect.
Thunderstorms may disrupt July Fourth activities in parts of the central and eastern United States.
While downpours could come calling at the start and finish of the July Fourth weekend in the northeastern United States, the vast majority of the time will be dry.
Before air conditioning existed, people had to be creative when trying to stay comfortable in sweltering conditions.
A persistent storm track will keep summer warmth out of the United Kingdom through much of July.
Rounds of drenching thunderstorms could bring drought relief to parts of the southern United States into July.
Pueblo, CO (1991)
All-time record high of 108 (previous record 106 degrees).
Record Highs: Location: Old Record(F): New Record(F)/Year: Atlantic City (airport) 98 tied 98/1959 Washington, DC 98 Philadelphia, PA 98 Baltimore, MD 97 JFK Airport, NY 98
Raleigh, NC (1995)
3.30" of rain in 3 hours.