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Severe Storms Aim For Midwest, Western Great Lakes

UPDATED 8:30 PM CDT, July 12, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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More rounds of severe weather will roll across parts of the Heartland today, with the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Western Great Lakes in the spotlight for the strongest storms.

The storms will get kicked off between a cold front diving into the Dakotas and a stalled front draped across the Nation`s Midsection. An area of low pressure will be riding through this region as well, and will be the catalyst for strong-to-severe storms expected for today. The primary threat will be from damaging wind gusts ranging from 60 to 70 mph. Large hail, and a few tornadoes will also be possible however.

The region under the gun for severe weather will be centered on eastern Nebraska, Iowa, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and locations around southern Lake Michigan. Some of the cities that will have to keep an eye to the sky include, Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, Milwaukee, Chicago, and South Bend, Ind. Already, a Tornado Watch has been issued across southern Iowa, far northern Missouri and far western Illinois. This includes the cities of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kirksville, Mo., and Moline, Ill.

More isolated severe thunderstorm activity could also fire up in parts of the eastern Rockies, Northern Plains, and Desert Southwest, which will be seeing another round of monsoon thunderstorms this afternoon.

As the strong cold front continues its trek out of Canada, the threat for severe storms will slide eastward through the weekend. By Sunday, the Ohio Valley and interior Northeast could be under the gun for severe storms, with the Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic seeing the threat on Monday.

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