Severe Storms to Threaten Midwest With Damaging Winds, Large Hail Sunday Evening

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Published: August 18, 2019

Severe thunderstorms will threaten portions of the Midwest Sunday evening as a frontal system moves through the region.

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued the following severe weather watches:

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 10 p.m. EDT for parts of east-central and northeastern Indiana, western and northern Ohio and extreme northwestern Pennsylvania. This watch area includes Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 7 p.m. CDT for southern Illinois, central and southwestern Indiana and southeastern Missouri. This watch area includes Indianapolis.


Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Phil Mickelson was late to the golf course Sunday after lightning struck the hotel where he was staying for the BMW Championship golf tournament in Medinah, Illinois.

Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down by strong thunderstorm winds Sunday morning southwest of Chicago in Bolingbrook. Tree damage was also reported northwest of Chicago in Niles.

The greatest threat for severe storms Sunday evening stretches from the eastern Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley.

Damaging wind gusts and large hail are the primary threats, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Localized flash flooding is also a possibility.


Sunday Evening's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms may form Monday evening into early Tuesday over portions of the northern Plains.

The potential for severe weather will increase on Tuesday, particularly in Illinois, eastern Missouri and western Indiana, where damaging winds are expected. Portions of Nebraska might also see a greater risk of severe weather.

(MORE: Severe Storms to Threaten Plains and Midwest Early This Week

Last Week's Storm Reports

Early Saturday, wind gusts over 70 mph were reported in parts of northern and eastern Kansas, as well as near Clarendon, Texas, and in Peotone, Illinois, where hail up to golf-ball size also fell.

Flash flooding was also reported in parts of Kansas early Saturday, including in Winchester, where Huston Hospital had water entering the building. Early Saturday, 5.6 inches of rainfall was measured near Tecumseh, Kansas, just east of Topeka.

Thursday into Friday, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was hit with large hail twice within 10 hours. Hailstones as large as 2.75 inches in diameter pummeled the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, area, causing severe damage to windows, roofs, crops, vehicle windshields and trees, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

Thursday night into early Friday, wind gusts over 75 mph were measured at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and near Alliance, Nebraska. Significant tree damage was reported in Westphalia, Kansas, early Friday, and strong winds resulted in power outages and doors being blown open on homes in Beagle, Kansas. Baseball-sized hail was also reported near Guernsey, Wyoming, overnight.

There were also scattered reports of damaging winds on Thursday afternoon and evening from the mid-Atlantic into western parts of Pennsylvania and New York.


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