More Storms to Hit Plains, Upper Midwest With Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds and Hail

Chris Dolce
Published: September 12, 2019

More severe storms and flooding rainfall will hit parts of the Plains and upper Midwest into Thursday night as an area of low pressure tracks through those regions.

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

-A tornado watch valid until 10 p.m. CDT for northeastern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. This watch area includes La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Rochester, Minnesota.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 10 p.m. CDT for central and eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. This watch area includes Des Moines, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois.

-A severe thunderstorm watch valid until 10 p.m. CDT for parts of northern Oklahoma. This watch area includes Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Severe weather struck eastern Wyoming, northwestern Nebraska and southern South Dakota Tuesday and Tuesday night. The most serious damage occurred in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where three EF2 tornadoes have been confirmed so far. Straight-line winds of 80 to 100 mph also occurred with these storms, resulting in tree damage.

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Some spots from northern Nebraska into northern Iowa received more than 3 inches of rain from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving behind soggy ground.

A wind gust of 72 mph was measured near North Platte, Nebraska, Wednesday evening, and hail of baseball-size or slightly larger was reported in northern Colorado, near Sterling and Buckingham.

Flooding was reported in eastern South Dakota late Wednesday into early Thursday. Evacuations of residences occurred in Colton and Madison, and water entered buildings near Mitchell.


A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected as a low-pressure system moves through the Midwest and Plains into Thursday night.

Areas from central Minnesota, southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois southwestward to parts of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and northwestern Texas could see damaging wind gusts and large hail from these storms. Isolated tornadoes are also possible, mainly from northeastern Iowa into southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin.

Thursday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Heavy rain could trigger localized flash flooding through Thursday night as well. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for southern and central Wisconsin, far northwestern Illinois and northeastern Iowa.

A few severe storms are also possible as this system pushes eastward on Friday from the southern Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley.

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