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Derecho may hit southern Wisconsin Wednesday

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It appears that a massive line of powerful thunderstorms will miss Wisconsin for the most part.

The national Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says a derecho will spread tornadoes and-or heavy straight line winds across a wide swath of the eastern and central U.S. between Milwaukee and Baltimore.

The storm center says the Milwaukee region has a risk level for severe weather that’s 15 times the normal for a June day. In the Chicago area, the risk level increases 45 times the norm.

Officials say 1 in 5 Americans could be affected.

National Weather Service forecasters in Wisconsin say there’s a small chance for tornadoes in the Badger State Wednesday afternoon and evening – especially in the far southeast near the Illinois border.

There’s a slight risk of severe thunderstorms south of a line from Wisconsin Dells to Port Washington.

Southwest Wisconsin expects two bands of thunderstorms Wednesday morning and later on – but nothing severe is in the forecast for now.

Forecasters do not project severe weather in central and northern Wisconsin for either Wednesday or Thursday.

Highs Wednesday are expected near 80 throughout the state. Somewhat cooler temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s are predicted for Thursday into Saturday.