Severe storms are underway with a rare ‘high risk’ of tornadoes

After a night of severe storms brought tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain to parts of Central America, the severe storm threat is moving into more populated areas in the east on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 million people from Texas to Pennsylvania are threatened by a severe storm on Tuesday, although the Ohio Valley is likely to see the worst of the storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

The strongest threat, level 3 of 5, includes most of Indiana, as well as northern Kentucky and western Ohio. The area includes Indianapolis, Columbus and Cincinnati in Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky.

“A few tornadoes, potentially strong large to very large hail, and heavy/damaging winds all appear possible” in the region, the Storm Prediction Center warns.

The area surrounding this region is under a less severe threat level 2 of 5, which extends from the northeastern tip of Arkansas to southern Michigan, including Chicago and Nashville.

Isolated tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds may also occur in this area.

A much larger area stretching from Texas to Wisconsin and east into Pennsylvania is at low risk (level 1 of 5) of severe storms, including hail and high winds. Cities in the area include Dallas, Austin, Detroit, Memphis, Birmingham, Charlotte and Pittsburgh.

On Wednesday, storms will continue to drench the East from the Southern Plains into the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, the forecast center predicts.

“All severe hazards, including tornadoes, very large hail and high/damaging winds, should occur. Some tornadoes could be strong,” the forecast center said.