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Damage following a tornado in Alabama. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Violent storms are set to hit the Central U.S. starting on Friday and lasting into the following week, potentially bringing damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and flooding, the Washington Post reports.

Our thought bubble from Axios’ Andrew Freedman: Meteorologists see warning signs flashing red during the next several days as a strong jet stream disturbance brings the ingredients necessary for round after round of severe weather to the Central U.S. In addition to tornadoes, there are major flash flooding concerns given the already water-logged ground in this region, and up to a foot of rain likely in some locations during the next 7 days.

Details: In its four-to-eight day outlook, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center warned of an elevated risk of severe weather every day — the first time the center has highlighted a threat over that many days since the product began to be issued about 10 years ago.

  • This severe weather season could be more active than usual through the end of May, per the Post.
  • Yes, but: According to Harold Brooks, a senior scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, the upcoming period is an unusual one but not unheard of. In May 2003, for example, there were 7 days in a row with at least 5 EF-1 or greater tornadoes in the U.S.

The backdrop: Unprecedented flooding has already devastated the central U.S. this season, with the problem likely to worsen with these incoming storms.

Go deeper: Historic flooding hits the Midwest, costing farmers millions

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Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.