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Severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes, giant hail and high winds are expected to rock the Midwest

Severe thunderstorms are forecast to move through the Midwest and upper Great Lakes on Tuesday, possibly bringing tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.

As many as 51 million people are at risk of severe storms from Texas to Michigan on Tuesday, with storms already underway in Nebraska and Iowa.

According to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, the outbreak of storms is expected to pass through Iowa, northwestern Illinois, northern Missouri, southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota, peaking in the afternoon to early morning. evening.

The biggest hazards include widespread damaging winds – including some that could reach hurricane strength – several tornadoes and possible baseball-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of central and southern Iowa until 1 p.m. local time. Under that watch, the storm center warned of primary threats, including gusts and isolated wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour (possible) and one or two tornadoes.

The Chicago weather bureau also warned of the outbreak of storms and possible threats throughout the evening. In Chicago, the greatest risk of severe weather is from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM local time.

“With the threat of severe thunderstorms well into the night, make sure you have multiple ways to receive warnings, including at least a few that will wake you up if necessary. DO NOT rely on outdoor sirens to alert you indoors, especially Not when you’re asleep!” the office warned locals.

Heavy rain could also lead to scattered cases of flash flooding across the upper Midwest Tuesday evening. The system will then move into southern Canada on Wednesday morning.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, temperatures are expected to rise above average — possibly reaching record-breaking territory in some areas, the weather service said. Highs in the 80s and low 90s are forecast from the Midwest and Deep South to the Northeast through Wednesday.

Extreme heat is also forecast to persist in parts of already sweltering Texas, posing risks to the Houston region, which was hit by severe storms last week that killed at least eight people, and where in Harris County, approximately 140,000 customers are without power, according to PowerOutage.Us.

An advisory is in effect Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time in south Texas cities such as Brownsville, McAllen and Rio Grande City, with expected heat index values ​​up to 114.

The advisory said that “heat-related illnesses increase significantly during extreme heat and high humidity,” and locals are warned to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid the sun, check on relatives and neighbors and avoid work in the open air.

Another heat advisory issued by the Midland/Odessa weather service office in Texas warned of temperatures as high as 111 expected in Lower Brewster County until 7 p.m.

‘Look before you lock! Do not leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles for a moment. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures very quickly,” the advisory said.

Next Wednesday, 38 million people are at risk from storms from central Texas to New York state, with large hail, damaging winds and a strong tornado all possible. The hardest hit areas are expected to be central Texas to Missouri.

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