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Damaging storms to march through the central US on Saturday

Staff Writer |
After ravaging the central Plains with tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and flooding through Friday night, severe weather will shift eastward on Saturday.

The storm responsible for the damage in the central United States will inch northeastward through the weekend, bringing cooler, wet weather into a large portion of the country.

“Fortunately, the storm system responsible for producing the outbreak of dangerous thunderstorms will begin to pick up its eastward progress on Saturday, limiting the amount of rain that can fall in any given location,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.

Those from the Upper Midwest through the mid-Atlantic, Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast can expect an influx of clouds and rain on Saturday.

Thunderstorms are most likely in these areas south of the Great Lakes

Residents from Indianapolis to Raleigh-Durham will have a repeat of Friday’s weather on Saturday as late morning and afternoon storms pop up.

“The most intense storms should fire up during the afternoon hours and persist well into the evening,” Elliott said.

While lightning, hail and damaging winds are possible in any storms from Chicago to Raleigh and New Orleans, the environment most conducive to destructive storms will be more isolated.

“In addition to the threat for localized flooding, damaging wind gusts, large hail and even a few tornadoes will rattle an area stretching from just south of Chicago, Illinois, southward to Little Rock, Arkansas,” Elliott said.

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