Severe thunderstorms hit much of the Plains and the Northeast, while heat advisories were in effect for Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana on Wednesday.

The heaviest rain was located in Nebraska. Severe thunderstorms were also seen across portions of South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, and the southern half of Minnesota. The storms were accompanied by large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and even isolated tornadoes.

In downtown Salt Lake City, a rare tornado touched down without warning, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100.

Fair and dry weather continued across the southern Plains, where temperatures were near 100 degrees in many places.

In the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions, thunderstorms were seen off the New England coast and eastern Long Island in New York. Heavy rain resulted in flash flood warnings in parts of Long Island.

In the West, rain fell in Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and extreme northern Utah. Fair and dry weather continued across most of Nevada, California, and Arizona.

Temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 38 at Ely, Nev., to a midday reading of 97 in Dallas.