Fox News Weather Center

Chicago, St. Louis to be Drenched By Severe Storms

The risk of dangerous thunderstorms, including damaging winds and tornadoes, will shift from the Plains to the Midwest heading into midweek.

A severe weather outbreak will begin to take shape on Tuesday afternoon as thunderstorms erupt over the central Plains.

These storms will then track eastward through Tuesday night and into Wednesday, producing damaging wind gusts, large hail, flooding downpours, and even a few tornadoes.

Storms of this nature can be particularly dangerous at night since it is more difficult to see them as they approach your area. MinuteCastâ„¢ has the minute-by-minute forecast for your exact location, detailing when thunderstorms will hit. Type your city name, select MinuteCastâ„¢, and input your street address. On mobile, you can also use your GPS location.

The primary severe weather threat will shift to damaging winds for Wednesday with gusts strong enough to bring down trees, cause property damage and even blow over high-profile vehicles.

Large hail and a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out either on Wednesday, although the greatest tornado risk appears to be late on Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening.

Power outages should be anticipated through Wednesday as the powerful storms blast eastward.

If you live in an area that is in the path of the severe thunderstorms, now is the time to prepare.

Making sure that your cell phone is charged, stocking up on extra batteries for flashlights and buying gasoline for a generator are a few ways to prepare for a power outage.

In addition to the threat of severe weather, a soaking rainfall will also spread over the Upper Midwest.

Several inches of rain are forecast to fall from Iowa and across northern Michigan through Wednesday, enough to cause travel delays and flash flooding.

Some rivers across this area are already running above normal due to rain that has fallen over the past few weeks, making them more susceptible to flooding.

Those closest to these rivers may be forced to take action as waters rise past flood stage due to the additional rain.

You can check on the latest flood watches and warnings at AccuWeather's Severe Weather Center.

Dry, cool weather is expected to replace the stormy weather for the end of the week as chilly air expands southward from Canada.

This will make residents of the Plains and Midwest reach for their jeans and sweatshirts as high temperatures are limited to the 50s followed by lows in the 30s and 40s.