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Weakened storms could reach Maryland from Plains by Thursday

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The storms that have ravaged Oklahoma and other Plains states the past few days could reach Maryland and the mid-Atlantic by Wednesday and Thursday, albeit weakened, according to the National Weather Service.

The region faces slight risks of severe weather Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front moves toward the hot, humid air that has been settled over the region this week. The weather is still going to get more muggy before the cold front arrives, with highs possible in the lower 90s Wednesday and dew points nearing 70 degrees in Baltimore.

The Storm Prediction Center places the odds of severe weather for much of the Eastern Seaboard at about 5 percent, with higher risks in the Ohio Valley to our west. In comparison, parts of Oklahoma and Texas have faced predicted 45 percent odds of severe winds.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office suggests a risk of severe straight-line winds Wednesday afternoon, with strong organized storms expected to the west over Ohio. The cold front is expected to move through by early Thursday. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of storms Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning.

While the severe weather risk was estimated at 5 percent for Maryland on Wednesday, the storm center pegs it at 15 percent in an area around Lake Erie.

AccuWeather.com's Henry Margusity predicts strongest storm risks in Ohio and Western Maryland on Wednesday, with the potential shifting to Central Maryland and the Atlantic Coast more likely on Thursday.

Nothing approaching the strength of the storms seen in Oklahoma and the Plains states is expected.

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