By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 11,2017, 2:45:11PM,EDT
The hot, dry pattern engulfing the central U.S. will falter in the Upper Midwest as storms track across the region through Sunday night.A system stalled in the central Plains will allow for an area of unsettled weather to form, tapping into the hot and humid surface to spark strong storms.
An intense line of storms blasted across several states Saturday night through Sunday afternoon bringing damaging winds and heavy rainfall to several cities.
The gusty line of storms brought down trees and power lines and caused damage in some areas. In the Minneapolis area, a cinderblock dugout at a local high school ballpark was heavily damaged. There were also several reports of trees down including one on a car, according to local storm spotters.
Wind gusts between 70 and 80 mph were observed on several weather stations across Minnesota and Wisconsin Sunday morning.
Additional storms are expected to ignite later Sunday across the region and some places that were hit earlier in the day may see another round.
“In some cases, winds may gust as high as 75-90 mph and threaten to cause significant property and roof damage, as well as knock down large trees and power lines,” Meterologist Kyle Elliott said.
To limit property damage, cars and outdoor furniture should be covered or brought inside ahead of any storms.
“Those with outdoor weekend plans in this area will want to pay close attention to weather reports to avoid being caught outside in a thunderstorm,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root added.
Torrential downpours will drop visibility to near zero, putting those caught on the road in peril.
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“Motorists should be prepared for rapidly changing roadway conditions and pull over if conditions become too dangerous to drive in,” Elliott said.
While strong winds will pose the greatest threat in any storms, a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
“The risk for injury increases at night when people are sleeping, since severe weather alerts go unheard. Residents living within the threat area should keep a weather radio nearby through Sunday night,” Elliott said.
Residents should seek shelter away from all windows on the bottom floor of a sturdy building should threatening weather approach.
Another round of severe weather is on the horizon for the Upper Midwest early this week.