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Severe storms eye midwestern US this weekend

The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.

A strengthening system will clash with excessive heat and humidity across the Midwestern states during the first half of the weekend. Severe storms will then ensue.

Areas from the eastern Dakotas to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois could be affected by locally violent storms during Saturday afternoon and evening.

"Storms could produce strong wind gusts capable of causing damage to property," according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger.

In addition to the potential for tree, power line and structural damage, storms could also produce torrential downpours, hail and an isolated tornado or two.

Drivers along parts of interstates 35, 90 and 94 could face reduced visibility and slick roads for a time.

Residents beating the heat at a local lake or pool should remain watchful of the skies.

Storms could remain quite feisty as they move into Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin on Saturday night, before beginning to lose some steam early on Sunday morning.

"The primary concern [will transition] to flash flooding and isolated damaging wind gusts [Saturday night into early Sunday morning]," Schraeger explained.

As this system pushes eastward on Sunday, the potential exists for a few strong storms to refire around the Great Lakes region during the late afternoon and evening hours, Schraeger stated.

Isolated, but heavy and gusty storms will be possible from eastern Illinois to northern Indiana and Ohio and central and eastern Michigan on Sunday evening.

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Areas where clouds and storms linger into Sunday morning will likely miss the threat for stronger storms later on Sunday.

Behind the storms, welcome relief from the heat and humidity is in store for the northern tier.

"The trend of lower temperatures and humidity levels will begin [behind this system]," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

The central U.S. will face a renewed threat of severe weather early in the new week.