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Severe Weather Potential in Midwest Sunday November 17

Thunderstorms capable of producing high, damaging winds are likely to sweep across the Midwest on Sunday. High winds also could move into the Northeast during the evening hours Sunday and prevail through Monday morning. The winds could be strong enough to take down trees and cause power outages and flight delays. The high gusts of wind also pose a real threat to large vehicles traveling the roadways. Forecasters say that the winds could be as strong as 45 to 55 miles per hour and even stronger in some areas.

Cities being threatened by the inclement weather Sunday include Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit. It’s possible that in addition to the strong winds that a few tornadoes could form. Gusty winds already were a factor for many college football games Saturday and will be for NFL games being played Sunday.

A new sweep of cold air is racing across the Midwest this weekend. This will drop temperatures by up to 30 degrees in the Midwest and East. The cooler air will be followed by severe weather which includes rain and winds. Flights may experience significant delays in places like Detroit and Indianapolis Sunday. Even people traveling by car can face travel delays on interstates as some of the rain that falls could come down in blinding downpours. There are some areas that could see snow instead of rain Sunday including the Upper Midwest.

In Michigan, the stormy weather is expected to begin in the southwestern portion of the state. There, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible as is the chance of tornadoes on Sunday afternoon and through the evening hours. The National Weather Service stated Saturday that an unusual amount of warm, unstable air for this time of the yea is moving into the southern part of the Great Lakes State, amping up the risk for severe weather.

Sunday’s forecast for rain and strong winds is unusual for this time of the year when temperatures are typically colder. Even more odd is the chance of tornadoes developing in some areas. Just a few days ago, a blast of Arctic air accompanied by snow caused icy roadways that led to accidents in Chicago, Detroit, Dayton and Buffalo, NY.

People living in the Midwest are being told to be on alert Sunday as there’s a high probability that severe weather will breakout which could include heavy rains, damaging winds, hail and even twisters.

Severe Weather Hits Texas And Movest Towards East Coast

A potent storm system moving across the country is threatening to bring flooding rains, high winds and hail to portions of the Midwest and Ohio Valley over the weekend. Thunderstorms that produced wind gusts in excess of 55 miles per hour in southern Oklahoma Wednesday night are moving northeast to threaten several states Friday and possibly into the weekend.

The high winds from these storms are powerful enough to bring down entire trees and powerlines to cause power outages and possible damage to buildings. In addition to the winds, these storms are capable of dumping a lot of rain in a short period of time. Run-off can cause creeks and streams to rise rapidly and if that happens, roadways can quickly become flooded. There is also the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas and in areas with poor drainage.

Severe storms delivered a frightful Halloween across the center of the United States Thursday as torrential rainfall flooded central Texas and threatened tornado activity in numerous states. Up to 14 inches of rain fell in central Texas, killing one person who was swept out of his vehicle in the Austin area. Dozens of people were evacuated from flooding that swamped hundreds of homes in the state capital.

Scores of cities in the US postponed Halloween trick-or-treating on Thursday as the storm that flooded Texas churned northward toward the Great Lakes. High winds were the primary reason many communities in central Tennessee canceled outdoor Halloween plans Thursday. A 9-year old boy lost his life Thursday night in Nashville when he came into contact with a live downed power line. The boy’s death happened on a day of severe weather that put an end to many Halloween festivities in Tennessee.

At one point during the night on Thursday, over 14,000 Nashville Electric Service customers were without power. The National Weather Service had a wind advisory in effect for central Tennessee as winds in excess of 45 miles per hour were expected Thursday night. The service said that any severe weather over that state would be isolated but high winds were likely to be widespread.

Much of Kentucky was under a tornado watch Thursday night as was central Tennessee. The National Weather Service issued the watch after 8pm and expected it to last until about 2am on Friday.