Midwest to East Coast in severe weather crosshairs

The Midwest, eastern Plains and the East Coast are going to have a wild ride later today through Thursday. A major outbreak of severe thunderstorms developing later today across the Midwest will produce destructive winds, large hail and significant tornadoes. The greater Chicago area is in the bulls-eye for storms.

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorology team

Credit: WeatherBug Meteorology team

Due to the heightened threat for intense tornadoes, damaging winds of more than 80 mph, and very large hail, a Tornado Watch has been issued for:

  • Northeastern Iowa
  • Northern Illinois
  • Southeastern Minnesota
  • Southwestern Wisconsin
  • Mason City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Moline and Rockford, Ill.
Credit: bunnygoth via Flickr

Credit: bunnygoth via Flickr

Another Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued from eastern Wisconsin and eastern Illinois to western Ohio and southern Michigan. This includes South Bend, Ind., Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit.

Credit: Lars Kasper via Flickr

Credit: Lars Kasper via Flickr

If all the severe weather wasn’t enough, the storms careening through the Ohio Valley will be capable of triggering flash flooding in a short time span. As much as 2 to 4 inches could overwhelm streams, creeks, and rivers, as well as leave a heightened threat for urban and rural flooding from storm clogged drains. If you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Credit: Adam Pieniazek via Flickr

Credit: Adam Pieniazek via Flickr

There won’t be any severe weather relief for those along the East Coast Thursday. The same energetic storm system will march off the Mid-Atlantic coast, sweeping a potent cold front from the Appalachian Spine all the way to the Atlantic Seaboard by Thursday night. Unfortunately, this will be the trigger for yet another potentially significant severe weather outbreak along the Interstate 95 corridor across the Mid-Atlantic.

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