Sioux Falls is in the area of potentially severe thunderstorms for Wednesday, According to Dakota News Now. Most of the threat area lies northeast of us but does include Sioux Falls.

Dakota News Now Meteorologist Austin Haskins says Wednesday afternoon's forecast is a tricky one, and depends on what develops in the morning. "If we do see severe thunderstorms in the afternoon, the main hazards look to damaging winds that could be in excess of 60-80 mph, large hail up to the size of golf balls, and isolated tornadoes."

AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz seems to agree, adding straight line winds of up to 80 mph are also possible.

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"As of now, there is a level two out of five risk in place from Mitchell, Yankton, Watertown and points east with a level three out of five risk over towards Minneapolis and Albert Lea." ~ Dakota News Now Meteorologist Austin Haskins

One thing is certain: Much of the upper plains is in a severe drought situation and this system could bring much needed moisture.

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