By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 16,2017, 9:01:58PM,EDT
Following isolated damaging thunderstorms in the western Plains to start the week, a more significant severe weather outbreak erupted in the central United States.
The risk of tornadoes diminished over the Plains Tuesday night. However, the threat for damaging winds will continue and could ramp up for a time.
"Even as thunderstorms begin to collapse, dry air from aloft may be drawn quickly down to near the ground in the form of high winds," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.
Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Topeka, Salina and Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Abilene, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, were within the threat area Tuesday night.
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Although storms may develop again on Wednesday afternoon from eastern Nebraska to northwestern Wisconsin, the risk of widespread severe weather is expected to diminish.
However, a few locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms can still cause sporadic power outages, ponding of water on roadways and modest airline delays in cities such as Omaha, Des Moines and Minneapolis.
The majority of the thunderstorm activity may remain to the north and west of Chicago through Wednesday.
Little reprieve from the active weather pattern is likely into the upcoming weekend as another round of severe thunderstorms and flooding rainfall hammer a portion of the central United States spanning Thursday to Sunday.