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    Drenching Storms Firehose the Great Lakes

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    August 22, 2011, 7:46:53 AM EDT

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    Drenching, locally gusty thunderstorms are building around the central and eastern Great Lakes tonight and threaten urban and countryside locations with flash flooding.

    The risk of life-threatening downpours is building Saturday evening as heating from the day builds towering clouds with torrential rainfall.

    The storms rocked the Chicagoland area early in the day Saturday and were rolled into the Detroit and Ft. Wayne, Ind., metro areas during the early evening.

    The storms bring the risk of rapid street, highway and basement flooding.

    Flash flooding claimed the lives of several people in Pittsburgh Friday evening.

    The drenching storms are forecast to roll into Toronto, Buffalo and parts of Ohio and central Indiana Saturday night into Sunday morning.

    Next stop for the storms and their torrential rainfall and locally strong winds will be the I-95 Northeast later in the day Sunday.

    The storms could change character on Sunday, adding a threat of isolated tornadoes in part of the Northeast.

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