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Major Midwest cities bracing for severe storms

Midwestern states from Iowa and Minnesota to Ohio and West Virginia are on pins and needles for the strong winds, large hail and possible tornadoes set to move through this afternoon and evening.

The bullseye for the severe storms encompasses cities like Chicago, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.

The rest of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and neighboring states are also in the bulls-eye for severe storms, including places like Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit, Michigan.

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The weather setup across the Great Lakes is most likely for a line or multiple lines of strong to severe thunderstorms moving from northern Illinois, across Indiana and into Ohio, possibly resembling a derecho.

When lines of thunderstorms develop like this, the major threat is strong, damaging winds capable of knocking down trees and power lines. Some forecast models are even hinting at hurricane force winds.

Large hail is also a possibility, and while a tornado or two could develop, the best chance for any tornado activity is going to be in northern Illinois west of Chicago.

Chances are good the National Weather Service will be issuing watches and warnings, and it’s important to know the difference and what to do when one is issued. Watch the video at the top of the story to find out more.

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