An outbreak of severe thunderstorms slammed parts of the Midwest on Wednesday and is expected to continue today as well. The storms are believed to be with the potential for widespread damaging wind gusts from the southern Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley. On Wednesday, the severe weather spawned several reported tornadoes and dumped torrential rainfall. Twisters were reported across Illinois Wednesday evening while scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to continue through the weekend. Here are a few simple yet extremely handy tips that can help you stay safe when stranded in the midst of a severe thunderstorm.