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Storms to Disrupt Travel Plans Across Upper Midwest

Travel and outdoor activities will be at risk Thursday and Thursday night across several states in the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes.

Folks from Minnesota to Wisconsin and across Michigan will want to keep a watchful eye to the sky. A heightened risk for severe storms will be present across the region.

Cities that could face these storms include Duluth, Minnesota; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Marquette, Michigan; Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; and Traverse City, Michigan.

Although Minneapolis could get storms during the day, the strongest will likely remain east of the city.

The daytime threat will exist across eastern Minnesota and into much of Wisconsin while those in Michigan will likely see storms late and at night.

The most potent storms will bring drenching downpours capable of producing flash flooding. Motorists will find travel to be difficult if they are hit with a blinding downpour or encounter road closures due to high water. Remember, turn around, don't drown.

In addition to the rain, gusty winds topping 60 mph may be produced by these storms and could easily topple trees and bring down power lines.

Some communities will be at risk for large hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out either.

The setup includes a strengthening disturbance that will track through the region Thursday. Warmer and more humid air will stream in ahead of the system, which will help fuel thunderstorms.

This is the same system that was responsible for producing two funnel clouds in North Dakota on Wednesday, as well as several hail and wind reports across several states.

A spotter in Waverly, Minnesota, reported hail 2-3 inches deep that destroyed a 25-acre apple orchard.

Gusty winds were responsible for blowing over a semi truck on I-71 near Olivia, Minnesota.

Outdoor activities may need to be put on hold or perhaps even cancelled if a widespread storm threat passes through. Always heed local weather warnings. Make sure to use the AccuWeather App to stay on top of severe weather.

Other regions in the United States will be at risk for strong and flooding storms. Isolated storms are expected to fire along a cold front stretching across the Plains.

Meanwhile, heavy, slow-moving showers and thunderstorms will present a flooding risk across the Southeast. Similar conditions occurred Wednesday when flooding rain hit Charlotte, North Carolina, forcing several water rescues.