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Severe weather danger to return to south-central US Thursday

Severe weather will once again take aim at the central and southern Plains prior to the end of the week.

Residents who are still picking up the pieces after tornadoes, large hail and destructive winds that ravaged the Plains and Upper Midwest on Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night will need to brace for severe weather once again.

Into Wednesday evening, the storm responsible for the significant severe weather outbreak prior to midweek will continue to lift northeastward across the Midwest.

Midwest severe Wednesday


Regions from northeastern Wisconsin to southeastern Minnesota, Iowa, northern Missouri and northwestern Illinois will be at risk for severe thunderstorms, packing damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes.

The storms are anticipated to take a path in-between Minneapolis and Chicago, though it is not out of the question for a heavy, gusty storm to cross either of these metro areas.

The severe weather danger will return to the central and southern Plains on Thursday afternoon and night.

Thursday south-central severe


“The next storm will dig into the Four Corners states and trigger damaging thunderstorms with potential tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.

Severe thunderstorms can also erupt farther to the north in central and southern Kansas.

“This could be another substantial event similar to Tuesday,” Strait said.

In addition to the threat for tornadoes, damaging winds gusts to 70 mph, large hail and torrential downpours will be the most widespread impacts.

The winds can scatter around debris left behind from prior storms this week and turn them into dangerous projectiles, potentially causing additional damage to trees, power lines and structures. Fully charged cell phones and flashlights will be necessitates in case of power outages.

The hail will likely be large enough to smash car and building windows, and significantly injure anyone who is caught outdoors.

The storm will move at a much slower pace compared to its predecessor, which will heighten the risk of repeating thunderstorms and flooding.

“These will be slow-moving storms, so prolonged and repeating downpours will bring the potential for flash flooding,” Strait said.

Motorists along portions of interstates 20, 35, 40, 44 and 70 will face downpours that reduce visibility to near zero and ponding of water on the road. However, these routes may be a better option to avoid flooding along low-lying and poor-drainage roadways.

The slow-moving nature of the storm will mean another round of flooding and severe thunderstorms along the same corridor from Friday into Saturday.