More than 20 million people are in the spotlight due to severe weather on Sunday
Rounds of severe thunderstorms will likely bring large hail, damaging winds and the threat of tornadoes to the central United States starting Sunday.
The biggest severe weather threat on Sunday will be from southeastern Kansas through southern Missouri into far northern Arkansas.
Where are the storms now?
Severe thunderstorm watches have been issued in several parts of the country through the evening.
Severe weather forecast for Sunday
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued an enhanced risk, a Level 3 out of 5 danger areas, for cities including Springfield, Joplin, Missouri, and Rogers, Arkansas.
Slight risk, or Level 2 out of 5 risk areas, exists in Kansas City, Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Kansas City will start the day with storms moving in the distance, moving along Interstate 70.
Severe thunderstorm warning map for the United States
A flood watch is in effect through Sunday night for southwest Missouri, including Springfield and Lebanon.
Rounds of rain will create the potential for flooding, with isolated areas receiving up to 3 inches through Tuesday morning.
The greatest potential for tornadoes will be in southern Missouri and southeastern Kansas on Sunday, where winds of up to 60 mph could cause damage.
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Cities located within the enhanced risk area could receive hailstones as large as 3 inches. The FOX Forecast Center is tracking a very possible hail threat for Wichita, Tulsa and St. Louis.
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During the work week, a low pressure area will move over Illinois shifting the severe weather threat to the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic. As the system moves south, severe storms will ignite ahead of a cold front throughout the day Monday.
Once again, damaging wind gusts will be the main threat, but the possibility of a tornado or two cannot be ruled out.
To the east, the FOX Prediction Center is tracking heavy rain across the already flooded Interstate 95 corridor with some severe thunderstorms possible.
Severe weather potential continues Tuesday in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas.