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Several states under tornado watch as severe weather continues

Several states from the Great Plains to the Midwest are watching for possible tornadoes Tuesday, a day after severe weather hit with tornadoes and baseball-sized hail.

The National Weather Service issued tornado watches for Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri through Tuesday night.

The NWS tornado watch covers eight counties in Iowa and 23 in Nebraska, including Lincoln and Omaha.

Damaging winds of 70 to 90 mph are also forecast for Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon into the evening.

PHOTO: A tornado is seen on May 20, 2024 in Hayfield, Minnesota.

A tornado is seen on May 20, 2024 in Hayfield, Minnesota.

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Des Moines, a city of more than 200,000 people, is expected to receive a triple dose of severe weather with large hail, strong winds and tornadoes converging on the area.

Severe weather is in full swing across the Great Plains and Midwest, with more than 100 severe storms reported Monday from Colorado to Michigan.

At least three tornadoes were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and Colorado on Monday, but they did not cause significant damage.

In Yuma, in northeastern Colorado, hail the size of golf balls and softballs hit the area, causing damage to cars and buildings. At one point, the hail was so deep that it caused several vehicles to get stuck, JJ Unger, a Yuma volunteer firefighter, told ABC News on Tuesday.

PHOTO: This weather map shows a severe weather threat for May 21, 2024.

This weather map shows a severe weather threat for May 21, 2024.

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“It was like a blizzard that lasted half an hour because of the hail,” Unger said. “That’s the longest I’ve ever seen it hail like that.”

Unger said he and his fire crew were looking for possible tornadoes Monday night when lightning struck and hail began to fall.

“It was very intense,” Unger said, adding that he and his crew had to stop and seek shelter as visibility was almost zero.

PHOTO: A storm is seen, on May 20, 2024, in Akron, Colorado.

A storm is seen on May 20, 2024 in Akron, Colorado.

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Unger said when the hail finally subsided, a foot of hail covered his fire truck and area roads.

He said the windshields of his truck and his wife’s vehicle were shattered.

“Almost every house in the city has broken windows and I’ve heard that more than a thousand cars were damaged,” Unger said.

PHOTO: This weather map shows a severe weather threat for May 22, 2024.

This weather map shows a severe weather threat for May 22, 2024.

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In Nebraska, hail two inches in diameter fell in Dundy County, in the southwest corner of the state, according to local emergency management officials. Winds over 90 mph were also reported in Dundy County.

With severe weather expected through Thursday across the Great Plains and Midwest, potential record heat is moving into Texas and the Northeast.

Temperatures could approach 90 degrees in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC, by the middle of this week.