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Big Storms Pepper Upper Great Lakes

UPDATED 3:30 PM CDT, September 4, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The flurry of severe weather kicking off September isn`t going to relinquish its grip today. This time, it will stomp across the Upper Great Lakes this afternoon.

A powerful thunderstorm complex producing destructive wind gusts topping 60 mph and large hail up to the size of quarters will roll into the western Great Lakes and clip northern Michigan this afternoon. Green Bay, Wisc., and Marquette, Mich., will need to keep an eye on the storms.

This storm complex has a history of producing damaging winds. Earlier this morning, a gust of 84 mph was clocked at Verndale, Minn., while a gust of 79 mph was measured near Staples, Minn. Further east, quarter-sized hail pelted Brainerd, Minn.

As if one round of severe weather weren`t enough, Mother Nature will stir up another batch of strong thunderstorms this afternoon and evening from eastern Iowa to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula. A potent cold front separating very warm and moisture-rich air from fall-like highs in the 50s and 60s in its wake will jump into the Upper Mississippi Valley.

The two will team up to trigger powerful thunderstorms, rumbling from eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin into northern and northwestern Michigan late this afternoon and evening. Before reaching southeastern Canada on Friday morning, they will pack gusty winds and frequent lightning.

As if the severe weather wasn`t enough, the storm will pose a potentially bigger problem with heavy rain falling in a short time. One to 2 inches of rain will be squeezed out by the thunderstorms from much of northern Wisconsin into the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Unfortunately, these totals when combined with storm debris could clog or overwhelm storm drains as well as push rivers and streams above their banks. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

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