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    Severe weather to pound north-central US into Monday night

    By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
    July 13, 2016, 9:25:46 PM EDT

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    Locally violent and drenching thunderstorms will take aim at the north-central United States into Monday night.

    Some communities from the eastern part of the Dakotas to Minnesota and western Wisconsin, southward to Kansas and Missouri will be in the crosshairs of damaging storms.

    The storms will be initiated by an intensifying system over the northern Plains, according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Koochel.

    Hot and steamy air ahead of this system will help fuel storm development.


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    Following locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms in the morning, “The severe threat will continue into the evening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

    Residents should monitor the sky closely as storms can erupt quickly on an otherwise sunny summer day.

    “A few cities that will have to be on guard in the afternoon and evening include Winnipeg, Manitoba; Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Minneapolis; and Omaha, Nebraska,” Sojda said.

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    Large hail, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes are all threats, especially when storms initially develop. Flash flooding will remain a concern, especially in areas that have been hit hard by heavy storms this past week.

    While severe weather will be most active during the late afternoon and evening, storms can remain heavy and gusty well into the overnight hours.

    “Into the overnight, the threat will transition to mainly damaging winds and flash flooding for cities like Kansas City, Missouri; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Thunder Bay, Ontario,” Sojda said.

    Areas where clouds and thunderstorms lingered during the day may miss the brunt of the severe weather danger.


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    The risk of severe thunderstorms will continue to progress slowly to the east and south in the Midwest during Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Behind this system, winds in the absence of thunderstorms will howl across the northern Great Plains into Tuesday morning. Gusts past 50 mph are possible.

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