Batten down the hatches! Severe thunderstorms will be let loose across the central part of the country this weekend. The storms will be unleashed by a clash of air masses and powerful jet stream winds. If you live anywhere from Texas to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, be prepared for possible destructive storms especially late Saturday and Sunday. Be forewarned that this setup could breed some tornadoes, but most of the damage will come from straight-line winds and hail.

Story by AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet