Massive heat wave spreads east as storms linger in Upper Midwest

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More than 200 damaging storms were reported on Wednesday, with most of those in the Midwest or along the Interstate 95 corridor.

PHOTO: A truck drives east out of Alton, Ill., over the Clark Bridge as clouds from a severe warned thunderstorm roll in on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP
A truck drives east out of Alton, Ill., over the Clark Bridge as clouds from a severe warned thunderstorm roll in on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

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In Connecticut, lightning struck a tree, knocking a branch onto a car and killing a 21-year-old man inside. Six tornadoes were reported across Minnesota, Wyoming and Nebraska, while flash flooding was seen from South Dakota all the way into New York City.

The Upper Midwest could see severe storms on Thursday that include damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.

PHOTO: Wisconsin could see more severe storms on Thursday.ABC News
Wisconsin could see more severe storms on Thursday.

More than 30 states, from New Mexico to New Hampshire, are under heat alerts Thursday morning, with the heat index in some parts of the Plains reaching 112.

PHOTO: An excessive heat warning blankets most of the Midwest on Thursday.ABC News
An excessive heat warning blankets most of the Midwest on Thursday.

The core of the hottest air is expected to spread from the Plains into Chicago and Detroit, where it should feel like more than 110 degrees.

PHOTO: Heat warnings for Friday stretch across most of the U.S.ABC News
Heat warnings for Friday stretch across most of the U.S.

By Saturday, the highest heat indices will hit the Northeast, where Philadelphia and New York City will feel about 110.

More heat is expected on Sunday as well.

PHOTO: Triple digits are in the forecast over the next few days.ABC News
Triple digits are in the forecast over the next few days.