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Midwest to see severe storms, south U.S. expects Tropical Storm Cindy

Staff Writer |
Severe thunderstorms capable of producing high winds and flash flooding will sweep across the Midwest during Wednesday and Thursday.

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The storms will erupt as an uptick of warmth and humidity from the Southern states is met by a push of cooler and less humid air from the northern Rockies.

"There is the potential for a complex of severe thunderstorms to develop over part of the central and northern Plains on Wednesday," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

Winds strong enough to down trees and power lines are possible, while enough rain can fall at a fast enough pace to cause flash and urban flooding. Flooding can occur even in areas that have been experiencing abnormally dry conditions in recent weeks.

In addition to the high wind and flooding threat, a few of the storms could produce large hail.

Tropical Storm Cindy, over the Gulf of Mexico, will drift toward the United States with flooding rainfall, severe thunderstorms and rip currents this week.

"Cindy is currently nearly stationary, but we expect the storm to being a northwestward track toward at midweek," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Some strengthening is possible, due to the slow-moving nature of the storm, should disruptive winds aloft ease for a time.

The winds were shearing the storm by causing some of the low-level circulation to be centered southwest, relative to the upper level part of the storm through Tuesday afternoon.

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