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Potential Strong Storms Could Impact Illinois and Michigan Today

The severe storm pattern that has wreaked havoc in the northwest recently is now headed for the Midwest through Thursday and Friday. The most intense thunderstorms will produce large hail, strong gusts of wind, and frequent lightening, and downpours. Not all areas will be experiencing severe weather, but those that do experience it are at high risk for power outages due to the frequent lightening and strong gusts of wind. Downpours may even cause urban flooding in low-lying areas or areas that have poor-drainage. Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, and Wichita are some of the larger cities that will be affected during Thursday. Thursday night, the severe pattern will shift more into the great lakes region and southwestward into middle Mississippi and Ohio valley.

Parts of Kentucky, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati are more than likely to get these storms sometime during Friday. Parts of the lower peninsula of Michigan are already experiencing strong weather before the zone that was to be expected. Many high schools in the great lakes region have football games on Friday nights. It is important to be watchful of the weather, and if lightening is spotted, to leave that area and seek shelter.

The Midwest has not experienced much rainfall this summer, so it is a good thing that they are receiving this rain. Because the ground is so dry, it will easily absorb large amounts of rain over time. The only issue is, if the rain falls too quickly, the ground may not be able to absorb all of it. This will cause widespread flooding in many urban areas. With the recent dry weather, the forecast of rain will be welcome to some. But, farmers in the plains and Midwest may have issues while trying to figure out when to harvest their crops. It is always a good idea to stay tuned to your local weather authority when there is a forecast of strong thunderstorms coming your way.

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