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HEAT FUELING MORE STORMS

The thunderstorms forecast into the middle of next week are not expected to be as damaging as Friday night’s  severe storms, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS meteorologist Heather Sheffield said scattered showers and east-moving storms are expected Sunday. They should not be as widespread as Friday’s line of storms, which started in Chicago before reaching the area, she said.

There is currently a 15 percent chance of severe weather Sunday, which could include hail and heavy winds.

Sheffield said it’s too early to make predictions about storms later in the week.

She said that the recent heat wave isn’t just coincidental. The heat fuels these storms since it makes the atmosphere unstable.

Sheffield said that the most important thing to do during a storm is to stay informed. She also said that during a watch or warning, people should stay inside a sturdy building and away from any windows.

—Lindley Estes

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