Severe storms with 70 mph winds hit the Plains

Thunderstorms bringing heavy rain and hail to the Midwest as heat in the West raises threats of fires.
1:40 | 08/17/19

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We start with breaking news overnight. Si severe storms with 70 mile an hour winds hit the plains. Check out this radar. More weather on the move this morning bringing high winds, torrential rain and flash flooding. Nearly 19 million Americans from Nebraska to Illinois at risk. Here's a vivid example. Watch this man in south Carolina nearly hit by lightning right there. We kick things off with rob. Right now evacuations are under way as a wildfire explodes out west. Rob, good morning. Good morning, whit. That's correct. This fire erupting late yesterday evening in Colorado. It's palisades, Colorado. They were having a fireworks display. It's a residential community. Some homes there threatened. Firefighters on the scene. No word of containment as of this happened quickly overnight. They're under a red flag very windy and dry conditions. Not the best time for a fireworks display. That's what can happen there. Meantime in the east we're looking at severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and wind to liberty, Missouri. That's outside the Kansas City metro area. 70 plus mile per hour winds. In the northeast as well, Albany, the capital district of upstate New York seeing winds gusting to 60 miles an hour. Wind-driven rains there. They'll see more in the way of thunderstorms. Kansas City east we have flood watches, flood warnings. This huge mcf driven by a jet. A lot of activity during the overnight periods. That's what we'll have tonight into tomorrow. Chicago will get into the act with this. More on this in just a little bit.

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