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Severe storms, flooding to threaten holiday festivities across central US this weekend


Another period of volatile weather is expected this weekend across some storm-weary regions of the country.

Anyone with outdoor weekend plans in areas from northeastern Oklahoma toward Indianapolis should consider moving them to Sunday or Monday.

“A storm system developing over eastern Kansas on Saturday will spread the threat of severe weather from Topeka, Kansas, to St Louis and south toward Little Rock, Arkansas,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.
 
However, for those with Saturday plans already set in stone, there may be some hope.

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“The day may begin with several dry hours before thunderstorms erupt in the afternoon,” said Brown.

"As such, those with early morning plans may be fortunate to go on with scheduled programming.”

Regardless of weekend plans, residents in these areas should take care to stay up to date on local watches and warnings and seek shelter in a sturdy building should threatening weather approach.

“Storms will likely fire in eastern Kansas and central Missouri in the afternoon hours of Saturday and grow into a powerful line of storms with very high winds, large hail and embedded tornadoes,” said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist William Clark.

Motorists should avoid driving through storms or trying to traverse flooded roadways.

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Those expecting to be outdoors on Saturday will need to have a plan to quickly reach safety in case dangerous storms approach.

Outdoor furniture and other possible projectiles should be secured or moved indoors ahead of any storms to limit damage.

Pavilions do not provide adequate shelter from lightning or the above threats, making it imperative that those caught outdoors make every effort to seek more reliable shelter in any dangerous storms.

“During the overnight hours, the threat for severe thunderstorms will race eastward and southward across and along the Mississippi,” said Brown.

While the tornado threat is expected to decrease for the nighttime hours, the strongest storms will still be capable of producing “high winds, large hail and flooding rains into the early morning hours,” said Clark.

“By Sunday, dry air will begin to filter in over Kansas, eventually spreading over Missouri later in the afternoon,” said Brown.

While strong storms could impact areas from Pittsburgh to Nashville, Tennessee, most areas along the East Coast can expect mainly downpours and some rumbles of thunder.

“On Monday, high pressure will take shape over the central U.S., allowing for largely comfortable conditions with a fair bit of sunshine," said Brown.