Damaging storms to spread from central U.S. to Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic into midweek


After yet another day of severe weather in the central United States, dangerous storms will then shift into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.

The High Plains have been the main corridor of severe weather since the weekend, and this area will remain the focal point into Tuesday night.

Similar to the past few days, the main threats from the storms later Tuesday will be damaging wind gusts, flooding downpours and large hail, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out either.

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Southern New Mexico and southwestern Texas may be the main areas at risk for the heavy storms, with more isolated activity expected farther north into eastern Colorado and western Kansas.

“These storms will slowly move eastward Tuesday night, with flash flooding and damaging winds as the main risks,” Adamson said.

The storms should stay away from Oklahoma City for game 2 of the Women’s College World Series on Tuesday night.

“A second area of severe weather will be possible from Minnesota to Missouri Tuesday evening and into the overnight,” Adamson said.

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These storms will develop during the late-afternoon hours and spread south and east into the overnight.

“Cities such as Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Kansas City, Missouri, will be at risk,” Adamson said, adding that damaging winds, hail and torrential downpours could impact these locales.

Some of the strongest storms will also carry the risk of an isolated tornado.

While violent storms will not impact every community in this threat zone, residents throughout the area at risk should make sure they are prepared when severe weather strikes.

Anyone outdoors enjoying the otherwise warm and sunny day should be ready to head to shelter as soon as thunder is heard.

Motorists should be ready to slow down on stretches on interstates 35, 70, 80, 90 and 94, as the downpours reduce visibility and heighten the risk of hydroplaning.

As the focus across the South-Central states transitions to flooding from a brewing tropical system on Wednesday, the risk of severe storms will spread south and eastward.

Clusters of violent storms can journey through parts of the lower Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians at midweek.

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“Flash flooding and damaging winds will be the main risks with these storms,” Adamson said.

Similar to Tuesday, hail and an isolated tornado spin-up will also be possible.

Residents in and around Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Charleston, West Virginia; should stay up to date on the latest weather conditions throughout the day.

Download the free AccuWeather app to receive severe weather notifications as soon as they are issued for your area.

Sections of interstates 64, 65, 70, 71 and 77 will lie within the path of these storms, leading to slower travel and reduced visibility.

There is the potential for storms to remain feisty as they cross the Appalachians and wander into northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas later in the day.

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