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Storms Set to Rattle Millions of Americans Through Rest of Holiday Weekend

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Residents of the central U.S. will continue to deal with sporadic thunderstorms at times this weekend. Some areas will get away with scattered storm activity while other communities will be under the gun for persistent severe weather. Here is what you need to know heading into the back half of the holiday weekend.

Storms Shift to the East on Sunday Before Returning to the South-Central U.S. on Monday

The unofficial start to summer is getting off to a rocky start for millions of residents in the nation's heartland. Outdoor plans have been put in flux thanks to the eruption of severe weather events across the southern and central Plains, the Midwest, and into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. You will want to continue to monitor the risk of storms in your local area if you live in this zone.

Saturday's storms lived up to the hype with multiple severe weather events impacting outdoor plans. The threat of long-track tornadoes is going to continue into Sunday and beyond thanks to the unsettled conditions across the region. A long-track tornado is particularly dangerous because it can stay on the ground for 25 miles or longer, putting more people in life-threatening danger.

A powerful zone of low pressure is coming together over the Plains and the Midwest this weekend, ushering in an abundance of moisture and energy that has laid the groundwork for the storm development. While Saturday's risks centered on the central Plains, the storms will push slightly the east on Sunday.

One of the most concerning impacts of this storm system will be the potential of hurricane force winds. Wind speeds that eclipse 74 mph fall into the designation of a Category 1 hurricane. These winds are in the forecast through Monday for some parts of the central U.S.

By Sunday the risk of storms will stretch farther eastward into the Midwest and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. The bullseye for this storm development will center across the eastern portion of Illinois, southern and central Indiana, the southeastern corner of Ohio, and into northern Kentucky. Sunday's potential hazards include more of the same in the form of flash flooding, tornadic activity, high winds, and large hail.


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