The affected states include South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. Large chunks of hail and winds between 60-80 mph are expected throughout all affected areas, with a strong possibility of developing tornadoes pushing winds over 130 mph.
CBS Chicago's Megan Glaros warned in a tweet that this is not a typical spring storm system, but something much worse.
Among major-population centers, Omaha, Neb. and nearby Des Moines, Iowa are the most threatened by the land hurricane, as both are located in the heart of the storm's path.