A strengthening storm tracking toward Michigan will continue to spark violent thunderstorms before the weekend comes to a close.
Severe thunderstorms, some capable of spawning tornadoes, are already erupting across the central and southern Plains with more to follow as tonight progresses.
The risk of damaging and life-threatening storms remains high through this evening across central Texas, central and eastern Oklahoma, central and eastern Kansas, northern and western Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, southeastern Nebraska, Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "The potential from the storms spans the complete arsenal of violent weather ranging from large hail and flash flooding to damaging straight-line wind gusts and tornadoes."
One severe thunderstorm from earlier today downed power lines and a store's sign in Altus, Okla.
Cities that could be hit by violent thunderstorms into this evening include Omaha, Des Moines, Rockford, Kansas City, Joplin, Fayetteville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Wichita.
College and high school football games are only a handful of the activities that could be impacted by the severe weather threat.
Late tonight, the severe weather danger will shift eastward to Chicago, St. Louis, Little Rock and Shreveport.
The risk of storms with strong wind gusts and torrential downpours will then continue into the latter part of the weekend.
Over portions of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, strong wind gusts, with and without thunder, are a possibility as a cool front plows eastward during Sunday. Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Cincinnati, Columbus and Detroit could experience squalls capable of knocking down tree limbs and power lines.
Farther south, locally drenching thunderstorms may affect portions of central and northeastern Texas to part of the lower Mississippi Valley Sunday.
The pattern shaping up into this weekend is a classic example of the secondary severe weather season that occurs during autumn.
A new moon will allow for the perfect background for the Orionid Meteor Shower, set to peak on Tuesday Oct. 21 and into the morning of Oct. 22.
Cars were swallowed by rushing floodwaters that diced through streets in the Canary Islands, Spain, over the weekend.
Storms, including Ana, are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia.
Attention in the tropics will turn to the swath from southeastern Mexico to Cuba and Florida, where a new tropical system may form late this week.
After impacting Bermuda and Newfoundland, Gonzalo will bring rain and damaging wind gusts to Europe early this week.
A storm will spin up along the New England coast at midweek and will take on characteristics of a nor'easter with drenching wind-swept rain and coastal flooding in some locations.
Seattle, WA (1987)
69 degrees - record high for the date - the 29th record high of the year.
Central CA (1991)
Huge fires fanned by strong winds. The Oakland area was hardest hit with hundreds of homes destroyed. All told, the fires led to $1.5 billion damage. Twenty-five people died; 150 injured.
Edmonton, AB (1995)
Small snowstorm brought major traffic problems; dozens of vehicles slid into ditches during the first snowfall of the season.