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Powerful storms to return to central US early next week

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The central United States will face a renewed threat for severe weather early next week.

Some of the same areas that were hit by violent thunderstorms multiple times this week could be at risk for dangerous weather once again.

"Powerful storms will develop ahead of an intensifying storm system over the northern Plains on Sunday and Monday," according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Koochel.

"Current indications suggest that straight-line winds up to 80 mph, large hail, localized flash flooding and isolated tornadoes will all be possible," he added.

Prior to Monday, localized severe storms may fire across the western Dakotas late Sunday afternoon.

The threat for violent storms will shift eastward on Monday, threatening areas from eastern Nebraska and the Dakotas to Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Cities such as Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis; and Des Moines, Iowa; could potentially be in the crosshairs of dangerous thunderstorms during the late afternoon and evening hours.

As is typical this time of year, individual storms can merge into larger complexes, which can produce damaging winds and flash flooding well into the overnight hours.

Residents from the northern and central Plains to the western Great Lakes may experience locally severe storms on one or more occasions early in the week.

Airline travelers and motorists could face delays for a time as storms develop.

While a few heavy thunderstorms are still possible on Tuesday, the threat for widespread severe weather is expected to lessen as the system moves into the western Great Lakes.

Further details on the exact timing and coverage of the severe weather threat will emerge in the coming days.