Storms to threaten damage in Ohio Valley, lower Great Lakes Thursday

Following the risk of tornadoes centered on Iowa Wednesday evening, the same storm will threaten parts of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio with dangerous and damaging weather conditions on Thursday.

"The greatest threats from the storms will be from damaging wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding," according to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Richard Schraeger.

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A few of the strongest storms will also bring the risk of brief, isolated tornadoes.

The storms will ramp up during midday and will be at peak during the afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday.

Major cities that could be adversely affected by severe storms on Thursday include Detroit and Lansing, Michigan; Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Toledo, Cleveland, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio.

Motorists should anticipate delays due to sudden poor visibility, strong winds and urban flooding, especially in the Interstate 69, 70, 71, 75 and 80 corridors.

Likewise, airline delays can mount as the storms approach.

Locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms will extend southward through the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi valleys as well.

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During Thursday night, the storms will drift farther east and may remain heavy and gusty from parts of southeastern Ohio, western New York, western Pennsylvania and northwestern West Virginia.

People should closely monitor the weather conditions for rapidly changing conditions and bulletins, including any severe thunderstorm watches or warnings, for the latest information.

The greatest threat to lives is from lightning strikes with any thunderstorm, severe or not.