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Severe weather outbreak to rattle midwestern U.S. into Monday night

Staff Writer |
As hot and humid air clashes with a surge of fall-like air diving southward out of Canada, the stage will be set for widespread, destructive thunderstorms early this week across the Midwest.

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On a day that will feature the first visible total solar eclipse in the continental United States in the past 40 years, Mother Nature threatens to not only hamper viewing conditions, but also heighten the risk to lives and property.

A large area from southeastern South Dakota and eastern Nebraska to Iowa, southern Minnesota, northern Missouri and western Wisconsin may face destructive thunderstorms into Monday night.

Drenching thunderstorms erupted across western Iowa Sunday night and will move eastward through early Monday afternoon.

“Storms moving across Iowa and northern Illinois through early Monday afternoon could negatively impact eclipse viewing conditions,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski. He added that the bulk of the clouds and rain may stay north of southern Illinois, however, which lies in the path of totality.

More numerous and dangerous severe thunderstorms are in store for areas farther west later Monday afternoon and evening.

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