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Three fatalities have been reported near Golden City, Missouri, as a severe thunderstorm outbreak hit Oklahoma to Illinois on Wednesday and Wednesday night. A tornado also struck Missouri's capital city of Jefferson City, producing extensive damage.
Isolated tornadoes are among the dangers as a surge of heat and humidity helps to fuel severe thunderstorms in the northeastern United States on Thursday.
There is concern that the Gulf of Mexico may be the breeding ground for a second tropical storm to form before the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1.