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Friday Storms to Rattle Cincinnati, Oklahoma City

Stormy weather will close out the first week of summer from the Ohio Valley all the way to the southern Plains.

The system responsible for Friday's severe weather threat is also the same system that is set to spread a soaking, flooding rain across the Northeast this weekend.

Friday's severe storms will stretch across a large swath of the country reaching from Ohio to Oklahoma, a distance just shy of 1,000 miles.

People from Cincinnati to Oklahoma City should be on alert Friday afternoon and evening as thunderstorms develop into a line and advance to the south and east.

Damaging winds are likely to be the most widespread danger from this line of thunderstorms with winds gusting faster than 70 mph in the strongest storms.

Winds at this speed could potentially bring down entire trees which can result in power outages and blocked roadways.

A small number of the storms that develop over Kentucky and Ohio may even become strong enough to spin up a tornado briefly.

Anyone with outdoor plans across this section of the country should take note of changing weather conditions and seek shelter when a storm is approaching.

Even if an approaching storm is not producing severe weather, it will still be accompanied by frequent lightning.

"Though a thunderstorm may not be directly overhead, you could still get hit by lightning," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "A bolt of lightning can strike people and buildings 10 miles away from where it is raining."

Drier, calmer weather is expected to move into this part of the country over the course of the weekend as the rain and storms shift to the east.

In addition to the dry weather, temperatures and humidity levels are also forecast to drop for the weekend.

This should give people a bit of a break from the hot and humid weather before the heat builds back in next week.