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Severe weather to target Dallas to St. Louis on Wednesday

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Widespread areas of severe weather will continue for at least one more day across portions of the central United States.

The severe weather threat Tuesday focused on three regions across the nation, including central Texas, the central Plains and across Kentucky and surrounding states. Wednesday's threat will be mainly focused from the southern Plains to the Missouri Valley.

"Storms will fire this afternoon and evening from Texas into Iowa and Illinois, threatening cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springfield and Columbia, Missouri; and Springfield, Illinois," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.

The clash of warm, moist air surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico and dry, cooler air advancing eastward from the Intermountain West are the key ingredients for severe thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening hours.

Storms are expected to develop along a line from Kansas City to Abilene and San Angelo, Texas, and progress eastward through the evening hours, eventually reaching Dallas and St. Louis.

"The primary threat in most storms will be large hail, damaging winds and flooding downpours," Pydynowski said. "But farther north, there could be an enhanced tornado threat across portions of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois."

Those with any outdoor activities will need to keep an eye to the sky and seek shelter should a storm approach the area. If you hear thunder, you are at risk for being stuck by lightning.

Travel could be dangerous across parts of interstates 20, 30, 35, 40, 44 and 70.

Wednesday could be the final day of a five-day widespread severe weather outbreak across the central United States. From Saturday through Tuesday, over 700 reports of severe weather occurred across the nation, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. Of those reports, over 70 were either spotted tornadoes or tornado-like damage.

Some of the tornadoes proved to be strong and deadly.

The storm leading to this severe weather will shift eastward on Thursday.

While the severe weather threat is expected to be much less on Thursday, storms from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast could be strong enough to produce locally large hail, damaging winds and flooding downpours.

Eventually, this storm will bring more rain to the East Coast.