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Beware, storms are brewing in Central Nebraska

June 2, 2014

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Broken Bow Fire Department will not be testing the sirens Tuesday, June 3, due to the possibility of severe weather. If you hear the siren, take cover immediately. Know what to do in case of a storm, and know where to go.

The following is information gathered by AccuWeather. For information click on the AccuWeather icon at the top of this page.

A major outbreak of severe weather will ignite across the central Plains Tuesday afternoon with a possible derecho evolving during the overnight hours.

The potential exists for a far-reaching cluster of violent thunderstorms to track from Nebraska to Iowa and northern Illinois Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Such an intense cluster may officially be deemed a derecho.

"The origin of this potential strong line of storms will be in western Nebraska where afternoon thunderstorms will congeal into an intense cluster overnight Tuesday and progress through Iowa and into northern Illinois through Wednesday morning," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Meteorologist Brian Knopick.

"The threats would be extremely heavy rain with flooding, large hail and wind gusts greater than 70 mph."

Such winds could easily down trees, overturn high-profile vehicles, toss around and damage loose lawn furniture and cause some structural damage. Falling trees threaten to cause bodily harm and additional damage to homes and vehicles.

The thunderstorm cluster has the potential to unleash 2 to 4 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, along its path.

That amount of rain is very likely to trigger flash flooding, as well as cause problems for motorists by unleashing blinding downpours and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

However, the rain has a silver lining as it will be beneficial in the long-run to the parts of the central Plains that are in the midst of a drought or have turned abnormally dry.

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