Tornadoes touchdown in the Plains


AccuWeather reports following isolated damaging storms Monday night, there will be a heightened risk of risky storms across the central and southern Plains late Tuesday into Wednesday. The front should clear the area pre-dawn Saturday morning but some lingering rain may continue for a few hours as the front sinks southward across southeastern OK.

A severe thunderstorm watch will likely be issued later this evening.

Just after 1 p.m., radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm about 14 miles north of Beatrice, moving northeast at 40 mph.

Locations along this swath will be primarily at risk for damaging winds, large hail and localized flooding.

As a powerful system slowly works its way thru the central plains, it will help to spawn more storms across NE Texas and SE Oklahoma Thursday evening. It should be stressed that this timing is based on our best estimate of thunderstorm development and may change with little notice.

This could lead to areas of flash flooding, particularly Friday night, the weather service said. Initial thunderstorm development should occur across our west/northwest counties (west of I-35) during the afternoon and spread east through the day.

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Locally heavy rainfall is possible with all rounds of thunderstorms tonight through Friday night, the weather service said.

Timing out spotty shower development today on WBRC FOX6 News at Noon. At first, these storms will primarily bring a wind and hail risk, but by the mid-to-late afternoon, the risk for significantly severe storms will spread into northwestern Oklahoma and into Kansas. The best chance for storms on Saturday will be in the morning with more isolated storms by the afternoon if not dry. The greatest threat will be across our western counties approaching the I-35 corridor this afternoon and evening.

Red Cross spokesman Luong Huynh (loon ha-when) says 30 to 50 people came through a reception center at Mosaic Telecom in Cameron after the destructive tornado hit nearby Tuesday. "An isolated tornado could occur with any bowing line segments". "Enhanced" is the third step up the chart of potential severe weather that begins with marginal risk and goes up to high risk. On the other side of that storm, where the winds blow from the north, cold air is rushing into a region with plenty of moisture to convert into snow. Right now we expect them to remain scattered (~50%). "Today's going to be one of those cases where if you hear thunder it's already gonna be too late if the storms are strong because they are going to be on top of you really fast".

Supercell thunderstorms are expected in western Oklahoma where there is a chance of tornadoes with very large hail.

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