Severe weather outbreak predicted in Oklahoma, Kansas

Bryan Strickland
May 20, 2017

Some of the tornadoes produced by the thunderstorms could be on the ground for more than a few minutes and may reach extreme intensity.

The threat for severe thunderstorms, including strong tornadoes and very large hail, will increase through the early evening hours in parts of the central Plains, according to meteorologist Jonathan Belles.

Far western portions of Texoma could also be affected. Those may sound low, but the percentages are higher than those that have accompanied severe storms in the past. Any storms that develop before dark could quickly become severe with very large hail and a possible tornado.

After a week that has already produced tornadoes in the Great Bend and Hoisington areas, forecasters say that conditions are ripe for more of that type weather across the state.

The Lake Havasu City Fire Department will host a two-hour Severe Weather Spotter Training class beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Fire Station No. 2 located at 2065 N. Kiowa Blvd.

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Local areas from southeastern Nebraska into northwestern Wisconsin are cleaning up from Tuesday night's severe weather, which included several tornadoes.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for McIntosh and Pittsburg counties, each until 10:30 p.m. Severe weather will be possible, with the main threats in the form of large hail, potentially larger than golf balls in the strongest storms, and damaging winds. Some strong, long-lived tornadoes are expected, along with hail to near 4 inches in diameter, over parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. The highest threat for heavy rain will generally be south of US 36. Dismissal and after-care decisions will be made after the next National Weather Service Update (around 2 p.m.) Feel free to check your student out as we know severe weather can bring concern.

Thursday also looks mainly dry but chances for more widespread rain/storms will ramp up quickly Thursday night into Friday. Gusty south winds will help you cool off though, which is nice, but gusty winds can also increase symptoms if you are an allergy sufferer. As much as three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible, according to NWS.

The same storm system is expected to move east in the next couple of days, and as it does, it will continue to weaken, which means chances of severe storms will be almost non-existent by Sunday.

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