The same storm that returned tornadoes to the southern Plains on Wednesday will continue to ignite severe weather into Thursday night. The area at risk lies from central Texas to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
An area of heavy thunderstorms spent the morning rumbling from the mid-Mississippi Valley to northern Texas. A few of these thunderstorms will remain powerful into tonight with damaging winds and hail. A larger number will drop flooding downpours.
More numerous severe thunderstorms will develop as the afternoon and evening hours progress.
At the very least people should expect foiled plans and travel delays.
Thunderstorms into tonight are capable of severe weather, unleashing powerful winds, large hail, flooding downpours and frequent lightning. A few tornadoes could touch down and cause destruction.
The strongest thunderstorms will be most widespread in the area from St. Louis to Chicago to Akron, Ohio.
The strength of the winds may down numerous trees and power lines, as well as overturn semi-trucks and campers. Damage to other structures and lawn items could also occur.
The largest hailstones have the potential to crack windshields and dent vehicles.
Be sure to seek shelter immediately if a storm-related warning is issued for your area.
Drier weather will replace the thunderstorms across the Midwest on Friday, when the severe weather threat will shift to the mid-Atlantic.
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