Locally severe storms to threaten tree, property damage in Ohio Valley through Monday evening

By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 21, 2018, 8:41:16 PM EDT

The same system that brought localized damaging winds and hail to Missouri, southern Illinois and western Ohio on Sunday will trigger another round of thunderstorms on Monday.

Although violent storms on Sunday were widely separated, high winds proved to be enough to down a few trees near Jacksonburg, Ohio, and Mitchellsville, Illinois, as storms moved through these areas.

These same hazards will again be possible on a local scale into Monday evening in communities that get rattled by the strongest storms.

“While a severe weather outbreak is not expected, the strongest storms can produce winds strong enough to down trees and power lines, and blow shingles off of roofs,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun warned.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Rathbun added that, while some residents may experience power outages and property damage, others may see no more than a shower since the activity is expected to be scattered in nature.

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The thunderstorms are expected to rattle areas from Kentucky to Indiana and Ohio. In general, the storms will track toward the northeast into the evening hours.

“The evening commute in and around Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus could face delays from blinding downpours,” Rathbun added.

Although the strongest storms will stay to the south of Detroit, a soaking rain may lead to slick roadways for those heading home from work on Monday.

Other cities that lie in Monday’s threat zone include Paducah, Kentucky; and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Large portions of interstates 65, 70 and 75 can be impacted by the storms, making traveling at highway speeds difficult to potentially dangerous. Since the risk for hydroplaning increases on wet highways, motorists should reduce speeds in torrential downpours.

Fishermen, hikers, bikers, golfers and anybody with outdoor plans should keep a close eye on the sky and move indoors away from windows as soon as thunder is heard. It is at this time that lightning is close enough to strike.

Storms will gradually weaken as they move into northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York later Monday night.

However, another round of locally heavy and gusty storms are expected to target eastern portions of the Ohio Valley and interior mid-Atlantic on Tuesday.

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