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Gusty Wind, Heavy Rain to Blast Ohio Valley to Southeast Tuesday

Following a severe thunderstorm outbreak Sunday night into Monday across the central United States, severe storms will blast through the Ohio Valley to the Southeast towards midweek.

A powerful system is set to form across the Plains late this weekend and travel towards the Great Lakes as the middle of the week approaches.

A cold front and upper-level energy from the system will be responsible for igniting a line of powerful storms from Charleston, West Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday.

"A squall line will is expected to march east through eastern portions of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys," said AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Kate Danna.

"The squall line will likely bring gusty winds with it due to the strong dynamics in place," added Danna.

Folks in the path should be prepared for downed trees and power outages as these storms blast through.

In addition to the winds, heavy downpours will also accompany the storms and could lead to flash flooding in communities. Motorists will want to be extra cautious if they are caught out in a storm. Alternative routes may be needed due to road closures.

A quick spin-up of a tornado along the squall line cannot be ruled out either.

Heavy rain will also stretch all the way to the eastern Great Lakes and may be accompanied by gusty winds, although the severe threat will be limited. Flooding could still arise from the heavy rainfall though.

"The rain can overwhelm storm drains, especially those blocked with fallen leaves," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The storm system will be responsible for another day of disruptions on Wednesday. Windswept rain will affect areas across New York, Pennsylvania to the eastern Carolinas.

Uncertainty remains in exactly how much severe weather will be seen on this day. People from the mid-Atlantic to the Carolinas will want to be alert for the possibility gusty storms. The heaviest rain will likely hold off on Wednesday for the I-95 cities.

The storm system will be responsible for bringing a warm-up to several areas this week.

"Unusually warm and humid conditions for the middle of October will build from the South to part of the Midwest and Northeast on strong southerly winds," said Sosnowski.

Temperatures will drop behind the system but a deep cold plunge is not expected.