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Fourth of July Storms to Spark Over Plains, Southeast

Holiday festivities may be disrupted by severe thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, and across the northern Plains on Saturday and Sunday.

Additionally, showers and non-severe thunderstorms will also affect parades, concerts, barbecues and firework displays across the Southeast during the holiday weekend.

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The worst weather on Independence Day is forecast to focus on Nebraska and the Dakotas with heavy, damaging thunderstorms popping up in the afternoon.

Damaging wind gusts past 60 mph, hail larger than golf balls, and torrential downpours are expected to be the greatest dangers with Saturday's storms with the highest risk occurring during the afternoon and evening hours.

Anyone participating in outdoor holiday festivities should keep an eye to the sky and take action if a storm is approaching.

AccuWeather MinuteCast® can help you determine when the rain will begin and end at your exact location down to the minute.

While the storms in the Southeast are not expected to be as strong as those in the Plains, people across the region should still use caution.

Lightning is one of nature's deadliest phenomenon and has already claimed the lives of 11 people so far this year.

More than 70 percent of lightning deaths occur from June to August, with more fatal strikes on Saturdays and Sundays according to NOAA.

If you are at a backyard party and a thunderstorm is approaching, you should head inside and not seek protection under a tent or canopy.

Tents may protect you from the rain, but you are still at risk of being struck by lightning.

Remember, if you are close enough to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Those looking for drier weather for the second half of the holiday weekend in the Plains and Southeast might not find what they are looking for.

Another round of showers and thunderstorms will spread across the Southeast on Sunday with some drenching storms in the afternoon. This could affect holiday festivities that are postponed due to Saturday's storms.

The Plains will also have a renewed threat for severe weather with storms on Sunday reaching from Minnesota to Nebraska.

These storms are likely to be more intense than Saturday's storms, bringing the threat for tornadoes.

Follow the latest watches and warnings at the AccuWeather Severe Weather Center to help stay ahead of the storms.