There is the risk of strong to locally severe thunderstorms for a time Wednesday night from northern Louisiana to southern Illinois.
The greatest risks from the storms will be strong wind gusts and hail, as well as flash and urban flooding.
Cities that could be hit by the strong storms and their gusty winds and blinding downpours include Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Tupelo, Miss.; Monroe, La., Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; and Evansville, Ind.
Even as the potential for severe thunderstorms decreases after midnight, showers and locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms will continue along an advancing front as it pushes to the east through Thursday.
There is a slight chance of a couple of the strongest storms producing a tornado.
A strong flow of air behind the front can bring damaging wind gusts even without thunderstorms.
There is the potential for nearly hurricane-force wind gusts in the clear air spanning thousands of square miles expanding from the northern Rockies to the northern and central Plains during the middle of the week.
Very blustery conditions are likely to sweep into the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys Wednesday night and Thursday in the wake of the front.
Tropical Depression 8 should strengthen into a tropical storm before impacting the coastal Carolinas with rough surf and heavy downpours early this week.
Tropical Depression 9 developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States this week.
Brief relief from heat and humidity will arrive in the northeastern United States at the start of September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan near Sendai early in the new week with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Hawaii is facing two tropical threats this week as Madeline and Lester churn westward.
Hot and dry weather will greet fans and competitors at the 2016 U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing, New York, as play begins Monday, Aug. 29.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.
Pittsburgh, PA (1982)
39 degrees, coldest ever in August.
Anchorage, AK (1989)
A total of 9.6 inches of rain -- wettest August on record.