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Saturday Storms to Focus on Central Plains

Severe thunderstorms will continue to rattle the Plains into the weekend following a stormy end to the week.

Saturday is likely to be more active than Sunday in terms of severe weather with thunderstorms firing from South Dakota to Illinois and southward into the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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This could turn out to be the second day in a row that some areas of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are hit by gusty, damaging thunderstorms.

The sweltering heat and humidity across the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley will help feed into these storms, contributing to their intensity.

Damaging wind gusts past 60 mph, frequent lightning and large hail are expected to be the most widespread dangers, but a few isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

People across the region should keep an eye and ear to the sky as the storms could cause temporary disruptions to activities as they roll through. This is especially true for those in the outdoors.

Sunday will be a relatively quiet day across the Plains with widely separated thunderstorms during the afternoon hours.

While some of these storms may turn severe, they will not be as intense as those that move into the Plains early in the new week.

"A significant outbreak of severe weather will occur across the northern Plains, southern Canada and the Upper Midwest late Monday through Tuesday," said AccuWeather Severe Weather Expert Henry Margustiy.

Margustiy added that the strongest thunderstorms early next week could potentially spin up large, damaging tornadoes.

With there being an elevated risk of tornadoes in the northern Plains early in the week, now is a good time for people to put fresh batteries in their weather radios to ensure that they are alerted when a dangerous storm is approaching.