In addition to severe thunderstorms in parts of the East Wednesday evening, storms with the potential to cause damage and disruptions to travel will erupt over the Plains.
The storms will stretch from western and central Texas to eastern North Dakota and Minnesota with the full spectrum of severe weather. There is the potential for localized high winds, large hail, frequent lightning, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes.
The storms will bring a risk of high winds and lightning strikes that can down trees, cut power, cause property damage, disrupt travel and threaten lives.
Within this zone, storms are forecast to cluster around central Kansas overnight Wednesday.
According to AccuWeather Severe Weather Expert Andrew Gagnon, "We expect a complex of severe thunderstorms to travel from west-central Kansas and into northeastern Oklahoma."
Cities in the potential path of the storms include Russell and Wichita, Kansas, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
According to AccuWeather Severe Weather Expert Scott Breit, "The high wind event will transform into a flood event late Wednesday night into Thursday morning in part of southern and eastern Kansas and into northeastern Oklahoma."
During the midday and afternoon hours on Thursday, this complex of storms will re-fire farther east and south.
Locally severe storms are forecast in portions of Arkansas, southern Missouri, northern Louisiana, western Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi and north-central and northeastern Texas. Cities that could be hit with a severe thunderstorm on Thursday include Dallas, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Since the second half of May, rainfall has drenched many hard-hit drought areas of the Plains.
Wichita and Oklahoma City have received approximately 7 inches of rain since mid-May, which is about double the normal amount for the period. Amarillo, Texas, has received more than 6 inches of rain which is nearly three times their normal since May 20.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the western United States into the upcoming weekend.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
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2.75" of rain in less than 60 minutes just east of downtown Cleveland. 3.12" of rain fell in less than 60 minutes in Elyria.
Pollack, MD (2008)
Softball-sized hail shattered cars and windows.
Bridgetown, NJ (1803)
Tornado at 8:00 a.m. "The storm increased, and for the space of about three-quarters of an hour the lightnings were incessant and the thundering most awfully majestic." "The body of a covered wagon, taken from the wagon house, torn from from the springs, shattered and set up on end, the axel trees broken and 3 of the wheels torn from the same were found in different places at a distance of 50 feet." "One new wheel of a new heavy strong wagon broken entirely to pieces."