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Severe storms to kick off August across midwestern US

August will begin with a roar as dangerous thunderstorms will rumble across the midwestern United States on Monday.

A few communities could suffer hail and wind damage from the storms. Incidents of flash flooding are possible.

A system swinging across the northern Plains will be the focus for storm development to start the month of August.

Storms will begin to develop across the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

As the storms pick up steam and rumble south and eastward into the overnight hours, locations from central and eastern Minnesota to western Wisconsin and central Iowa could face heavy and gusty storms for a time.

"Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be the main threats from the storms," AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Adams said.

He added that an isolated tornado is possible, especially as storms initially develop.

Residents should be mindful that storms can dump enough rain in a short amount of time to instigate flash flooding.

"Flash flooding will quickly become a concern if any areas experience multiple rounds of storms, or with any relatively slow-moving storms," Adams explained.

Storms will wane into Tuesday morning, but could hold together long enough to create a wet and slower-than-normal commute in parts of Wisconsin and Illinois.

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While a few isolated strong storms could reignite late on Tuesday around the western Great Lakes, including Chicago, the threat for severe weather will be much lower compared to Monday.

Just how quickly clouds and wet weather from Monday night diminish on Tuesday will determine the extent of any heavy and gusty storms on Tuesday afternoon.

A renewed threat for severe weather will return to the northern Plains at midweek.