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Tonight's Storm Watch



Good evening, @ddicts. The Tropics remain quiet.

After an active end to the workweek on Friday, another bout of severe weather has developed in the central and southern Plains Saturday night. While the primary threat from these storms will be damaging winds and large hail, the strongest storms could produce tornadoes in the central Plains. Strong thunderstorms remain a concern in the Intermountain West as well as in South Florida.

Through the evening, thunderstorms will continue to roam across Nebraska and Kansas. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats with these storms with the strongest being capable of producing isolated tornadoes. Early reports out of this area have already confirmed hailstones measuring 1.75 inches is diameter. Throughout the evening this activity will move eastward into western Iowa and northwestern Missouri.

Further to the south in the plains, severe weather has developed along a boundary known as the dry line. A dry line is a boundary that commonly sets up in western Texas and Oklahoma that separates warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico and hot, dry air from the deserts to the west. These storms will feature torrential downpours, large hail and damaging winds.

The persistent threat for strong storms remains in the Intermountain West in southwest Idaho where strong storms have formed as a result of an upper level low pressure system. These isolated storms will feature small hail and frequent lightning, but will rarely be severe in nature.

The peninsula of Florida continue to be active with strong thunderstorms this evening. The heaviest weather can be found in South Florida where slow moving thunderstorms have moved across the same areas throughout the evening, dropping large amounts of rain. Hail has been reported in a few of these storms, but the primary threat remains localized flash flooding.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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