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Severe storms to strike Midwest with soaking rain, gusty winds Sunday

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Strong thunderstorms will fire across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to end the weekend.

A complex of storms moved eastwards across the northern Plains and will continue to shift eastwards into Detroit and Indianapolis on Sunday.

Hot and humid conditions across the Midwest on Sunday will act as a breeding ground for the storms.

During the afternoon and evening, a cold front will slide eastwards into an unstable environment. The afternoon high temperatures, paired with dew points in the 70s F, will create an ideal environment for strong thunderstorms.

"Locally severe storms will fire up early Sunday afternoon on a line from the Saginaw Bay and then continue eastward through Michigan and Indiana into western Ohio into the early evening," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

Storms will reach peak strength around 4 to 6 p.m. CDT, when the threat for gusty winds and heavy rain will be the greatest. At the first sign of thunder or lightning, seek indoor shelter.

"The main threats with these storms will be the damaging wind gusts and blinding downpours, but a few stronger storms may contain hail," Sojda said.

Although these storms may dampen some weekend plans, some areas in the Midwest are in need of rain. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, southern Michigan, northern Illinois, central Indiana and much of Ohio are currently under abnormally dry conditions.

Thunderstorm activity will quickly diminish into the evening.