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Strong, gusty thunderstorms to slam parts of central US through Tuesday

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A springlike storm system will trigger strong, gusty thunderstorms in portions of the middle Mississippi Valley from Monday night to Tuesday evening.

Flooding rainfall, isolated damaging wind gusts and hail are in store for locations pounded by these intense storms.

Cities that could be targeted by disruptive thunderstorms with torrential downpours include St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri; Cincinnati; Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; Birmingham, Alabama; and Memphis, Tennessee.

The threat will focus across the mid-Mississippi Valley on Monday night and spread eastward into the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys on Tuesday.

An abundance of moisture being drawn northward from the Gulf of Mexico will provide the fuel necessary for these storms to erupt.

“Storms will blossom in eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and southern Missouri on Monday night, and some could become strong enough to produce hail and gusty winds,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.

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In a few cases, the storms can become strong enough to cause urban flooding, downed tree limbs and sporadic power outages.

Reduced visibility caused by blinding downpours are set to wreak havoc on airline travel and produce numerous flight delays from Little Rock to Atlanta and Cincinnati.

“By Tuesday, soaking downpours are forecast to spread northward into the Ohio Valley, with strong winds becoming an even greater threat than on Monday night,” Brown stated.

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Any particularly robust thunderstorm could cause downed power lines as well as minor roof and property damage, Brown added.

Areas struck by multiple rounds of thunderstorms stand the greatest risk of urban and small stream flooding.

Ponding of water on roadways will enhance the risk for hydroplaning. To reduce this risk, motorists traveling on wet roadways should significantly reduce their speeds to lessen the possibility of traffic accidents.

By Tuesday night, the threat for flooding rainfall and gusty thunderstorms should wind down as the storm system departs.