Severe thunderstorms are in the offing on Saturday over part of the central Plains and middle Mississippi Valley.
The storms will erupt in parts of northern Oklahoma to eastern Kansas, much of Missouri, southern Iowa and western Illinois. Most of the storms will occur between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CDT, but some of the storms can survive through Saturday night.
The strongest storms will bring damaging wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding, frequent lightning strikes and the risk of a couple of tornadoes to some communities.
Severe Update: A tornado was confirmed near Orrick, Ray County, Mo. around 6:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Tornado damage reported by law enforcement. Access to Orrick is blocked.
Major cities that could be hit by the storms include Topeka, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Joplin, Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Illinois; and Cedar Rapids and Ottumwa, Iowa.
In addition to foiling outdoor plans like ballgames, weddings and graduations, the storms can knock out power in some communities, disrupt travel along I-35, I-44, I-49, and I-75, cause property damage and even threaten lives.
Elsewhere, locally drenching downpours will bring the risk of flash and urban flooding on Saturday into Saturday evening from parts of the central Appalachians, the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic to the central Gulf coast.
More widespread severe weather and the potential for tornadoes is forecast on Mother's Day from central Texas, Oklahoma, central and eastern Kansas, northwestern Missouri, southeastern Iowa and central and northern Illinois.
A great white shark was spotted at Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts earlier this week, forcing the evacuation of the water.
While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the United States this week, it will spread rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will have some direct impact on Bermuda.
Warm weather fans in the Boston area will have something to be happy about this week, but Atlantic Ocean bathers may need to be aware of Cristobal.
Warm weather fans in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area will have something to be happy about this week, but Atlantic Ocean bathers may need to be aware of Cristobal.
While the weather over much of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be free of rain this Labor Day weekend, a zone of unsettled weather will reach across part of the Central states.
Warm weather fans in the Washington, D.C., area will have something to be happy about this week, but Atlantic Ocean bathers may need to be aware of Cristobal.
Mt. Washington, NH (1856)
A total of 3 inches of snow on peak of mountain.
Georgia & South Carolina (1881)
335 died in a hurricane. The most severe damage was in Savannah and Charleston.
South Carolina (1893)
First of 3 great hurricanes that year in SC. Over 1,000 people drowned in tidal surge at Charleston.