Severe thunderstorms possible from the Midwest to the Plains through the weekend

  • Severe thunderstorms could hit parts of the Plains and the Midwest over the weekend.
  • Strong gusts of wind and hail are the main threats.

Severe, scattered storms could batter parts of the Midwest and Plains throughout the weekend on the heels of Thursday’s damaging and destructive wind event in parts of those regions.

A fast line of severe thunderstorms called a derecho developed across central Nebraska Thursday afternoon and tracked northeast into the Dakotas and Minnesota. A derecho is a complex of long-lasting thunderstorms that can produce wind damage hundreds of miles long and tens of miles wide with winds sometimes reaching 100 mph or more.

Thursday’s derecho was particularly intense and produced the second most measured wind gusts of 75 mph or more in a day since at least 2004.

The storms caused widespread structural damage, felled trees and knocked out electricity in their path. See this link for more details on damage impacts.



Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible on Friday, especially from west of the Great Lakes and from the mid-Mississippi Valley to Oklahoma. Devastating gusts of wind and large hail are the main threats.

This weekend

Severe isolated storms packing damaging wind gusts and hail could continue Saturday from the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the Plains.

On Sunday, scattered strong to severe storms could hit an area from the Ohio Valley to parts of the lower and middle Mississippi and Ozarks valleys. Destructive wind gusts and hail will continue to be the main concerns.

Severe summary

Tripp, South Dakota, recorded a wind gust of 107 mph late Thursday afternoon, and a weather station near Lake Cochrane, South Dakota recorded a gust of 102 mph Thursday evening.

Several semis were knocked down by high winds on Interstate-80 near Giltner, Nebraska. In Dante, South Dakota, there were two buildings left with only one wall standing each. A tractor-trailer was also overturned in Deuel County, South Dakota, near the site of the 102 mph gust mentioned earlier. A dozen other vehicles were overturned on Interstate-90 in the state. Vehicles were reportedly overturned and roofs damaged in Brookings, South Dakota, according to the NWS.

A dust storm was also triggered by strong winds in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Further south, the derecho produced wind gusts of 80 to 90 mph near Ewing, Norfolk and Ord, Nebraska. A roof was blown off the fairground grandstand in Burwell and a fertilizer plant was reportedly destroyed in Oakdale, Nebraska.


A complex of severe thunderstorms packing damaging wind gusts over 60 mph hit the Minneapolis-St. Metro Paul on Wednesday evening. Nearly 50,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Minnesota as of Thursday morning, with most of those outages occurring in the Twin Cities subway. An EF0 tornado was confirmed by a NWS damage survey in the northern suburb of Coon Rapids.

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