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Severe Storms Will Bring Heavy Rain To Great Lakes

UPDATED 1:30 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologists, John Bateman and James West

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected along a cold front advancing into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today. A few severe storms are possible in eastern Michigan, producing gusty winds.

Warm and humid air across the Midwest will help to fuel the atmosphere today, ahead of a cold front that will move into the region this afternoon. As the front approaches, the muggy air mass will be squeezed out as waves of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce flooding.

The heaviest rain will be found from the Ohio Valley into the eastern Great Lakes, where 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected. This includes the Dayton and Cleveland areas, with up to an inch of rain near Detroit and Pittsburgh.

As if the heavy rain weren`t bad enough, a few of the storms could become severe, producing gusty winds of 60 to 65 mph. Residents of eastern Michigan and adjacent parts of western Ohio need to be on the lookout for these storms. This includes Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toledo, Ohio.

On Thursday, severe weather caused damage from the Texas Panhandle to Wisconsin. A tree fell on a vehicle in Hutchinson, Minn., causing an injury. A gust clocked at 70 mph brought down several tree branches down near East Clive, Iowa. Gusts of 65 mph were measured near East Hartford, Iowa, and near Monroe, Wis.

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