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Powerful thunderstorms will pound the central U.S. Wednesday while more searing heat sizzles the southern Plains and Southeast.

Central U.S.: Thunderstorms will bring hail and damaging winds in a narrow band from the upper Midwest to the southern Plains. Non-severe thunderstorms are also likely in the northern Plains.

Rockies: Rain and some light snow will make for a soggy day in the central and northern Rockies.

Southern tier: Most of the southern U.S. all the way from the Southwest to the Southeast (except for Texas) will see clear skies and summerlike temperatures well into the 80s and 90s.

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Weather history for May 7: In 1840, the Great Natchez tornado slammed Natchez, Miss., killing 317 people and leaving the city in ruins.

In 1992, a freak snowstorm dumped more than four feet of snow in the North Carolina mountains. The temperature also dropped to 27 degrees in Arkansas.

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