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Storms Invade Mississippi Valley

UPDATED 1:15 AM CDT, August 19, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Strong storms are ripping through the Mid-Mississippi Valley this morning, producing a swath of hail and gusty winds along their path.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches continue across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Springfield, Mo., and Fayetteville, Ark., are included in the watch.

A front swooping south through the Mid-Mississippi Valley is providing the spark for these dangerous storms this morning. Fortunately, the storms will likely fizzle out as they encounter a more stable air mass across the Mid-South later this morning.

In addition to the severe weather, the storms will unleash incredible downpours. One to 2 inches could fall in a short duration, meaning flash flooding will become an increasing threat. The storms will be able to tap the Gulf of Mexico moisture, so flash flooding could easily result in the eastern Plains. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown" if you approach a flooded roadway.

The storms have a history of large hail and gusty winds. Softball size hail broke a windshield in Bloomfield, Neb., with wind gusts up to 80 mph in Bennington, Neb., and 76 mph in Yankton, S.D.

WeatherBug Meteorologists will follow the Eastern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley storm threat and provide updates today. Be sure to have your WeatherBug active to receive the latest alerts in your neighborhood, and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter.

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