By Stacey Leasca
August 20, 2019
National Weather Service Radar Map, August 20, 2019 storm watch
Credit: Courtesy of NWS

Severe weather is threatening much of the country this week, with dangerous storms spreading from the Midwest as they make their way toward the Eastern seaboard.

According to The Weather Channel, a possible tornado touched down near Lacona, Iowa early Tuesday morning. Wind gusts in the area were recorded at 70 miles per hour. The region, including St. Louis; Springfield, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa, is now under a severe thunderstorm watch until the afternoon.

The storms are then expected to move in quick succession toward northern and eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and western Indiana, The Weather Channel reports. The storms could include strong wind gusts, hail, and potential tornadoes.

But, that isn’t the only band of storms to look out for. Forecasters also predict that a “concentrated area of severe weather” may also develop over southeast Wyoming, northeast Colorado, and Nebraska on Tuesday into Wednesday.

This front will then make its way east on Wednesday. There, ABC reported, it could come with damaging winds and flash flooding. But, beyond the storms, there’s another danger threatening the United States — extreme heat.

According to ABC, nine southern states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, are under heat warnings and advisories as heat indexes could top 110 in the coming days.

However, there is at least one silver lining, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"On a positive note, the complex of thunderstorms that rolled through Iowa hit an important corn crop area with drenching rain," Nicholls said. "This is the second big rain in three days and should help to fill out the kernels of corn growing in the region.”

But still, experts warn citizens across the affected states should remain on high alert throughout the week and into the weekend. Stay tuned to local television and radio stations for the latest information. If you have travel plans to any of these states, or even across the nation, check in with your airline to ensure your flights are still on time or if you can make alternative plans for transportation.