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    Latest Update on Tornado Potential for Midwest

    By by Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    May 26, 2012, 8:57:29 AM EDT

    We are closely monitoring the storms in the Midwest. AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Miller gives the whole story here.


    11:45 p.m. CDT - Two tornadoes were reported Thursday, one in Nebraska, the other in Wisconsin. In addition, numerous locations from Kansas to Wisconsin reported damaging winds and large hail.

    11:00 p.m. CDT - The severe threat has diminished significantly across the region late this evening. Storms still stretch from Wisconsin to Illinois and although they can still produce heavy rainfall and some gusty winds, widespread severe weather is not expected.

    6:00 p.m. CDT - Violent storms are erupting farther south across northern Missouri. These storms may be capable of producing hail larger than golf balls and damaging wind gusts. Isolated tornadoes are not out of the question, especially in discrete thunderstorms that form. Additionally, 70 miles per hour thunderstorm wind gusts were recorded 4 miles southeast of Waterloo, Iowa.

    4:45 p.m. CDT - 1 inch hail reported in Iowa: 3 miles NW of Ackley, 3 miles S of Dumont, and 1 mile NW of Parkersburg. 1 inch hail reported in South Dakota: 4 miles NW of Turton

    3:35 p.m. CDT - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for portions of central and eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Hail up to 2 inches in diameter, dangerous lightning and thunderstorm wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour are possible in these areas.

    2:25 p.m. CDT -

    A tornado watch has officially been issued for western and central upper Michigan, southeast Minnesota, northern and western Wisconsin and Lake Superior. Tornadoes, hail to 2 inches in diameter and thunderstorm wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour are possible in these areas.

    Warnings will likely be issued for thunderstorms moving toward Wisconsin within the next hour.

    1:34 p.m. CDT - Severe potential for tornado outbreaks with a watch likely in portions of northeastern Iowa, southern Minnesota, western and northern Wisconsin and the western upper peninsula of Michigan. Damaging winds and sporadic hail is likely.

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