Severe Storms to Threaten South, Central US Thursday

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
June 19, 2014; 11:10 PM ET
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Locally severe thunderstorms will affect areas over the Plains, Upper Midwest and South into Thursday evening.

While severe weather will not be as widespread as recent days, the storms have the potential to bring frequent lightning strikes, damaging wind gusts, hail and flash flooding.

The strongest storms in Iowa, eastern Kansas, southern Minnesota, northwestern Missouri and southeastern Nebraska can produce a short-lived tornado.

The storms over the Plains and Upper Midwest are part of a very slow-moving system centered well to the northwest in Montana and neighboring Canada.

Cities at the greatest risk for locally damaging thunderstorms in the Central states include Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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Areas experiencing the most frequent downpours, such as Minnesota, northern Iowa, southwestern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, have an elevated risk of flooding. From Monday to Thursday morning, a significant part of this area has received between 3 and 6 inches of rain with locally higher amounts.

The storms farther to the east are occurring ahead of cooler air expanding southward from Canada.

Southern cities at risk for a robust and locally damaging thunderstorm into Thursday evening include Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, and Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The pockets of severe weather and flooding are part of a broad area of showers and thunderstorms reaching from the Central states to the mid-Atlantic. Storms more spotty in nature will continue to affect the South as well.

Other cities that will experience rain at least part of the time, travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities into Thursday night, include Chicago, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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