Severe Weather Threatens Vast Areas Of The US Today

The Midwest and Northeast of the US are once again expected to be hit by severe weather today as severe thunderstorm warnings are issued, which could bring torrential rains and flash floods.

Yesterday, the Chicago area was hit by a line of severe storms that left a big clean up in its path, with several fallen branches and thousands of customers without power.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Northern Illinois on Monday night.

For Tuesday, the agency is expecting similar weather to continue in the area:

“Once again, thunderstorms are expected to fire in parts of the northern Plains to Lower Great Lakes on Tuesday,” the National Weather Service said.

“A separate area of severe weather is possible in the Northeast. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary threats. In addition, rainfall could be heavy enough to cause flash flooding and river flooding in the Midwest and Lower Great Lakes,” it added.

The severe weather forced the temporary closure of one of the busiest airports in the world, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Midway International Airport in Chicago was also forced to close its doors due to the danger and the ground crews cleared the outdoor areas. Patrons were told to stay away from the large glass windows.

As reported by The Inquisitr, 23 scouts were injured by a lightning strike in New Hampshire at the Griswold Scout Reservation. Non of the injuries are life threatening according to the report.

In the meantime, Wisconsin saw almost a foot of rain over the weekend, while Eastern Dakotas and Northwest Iowa saw two to five inches of rain this past week according to NBC News.

Out in the west of the country, fires have plagued Colorado, California, and New Mexico.

The severe weather will be followed by cooler temperature for the latter part of the week.

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