US: Plains states: severe weather

Severe storms to spawn tornado outbreak across Plains Tuesday afternoon, evening 

Areas from Austin, Texas, to Omaha, Nebraska, are on alert for a severe weather outbreak that is likely to feature multiple tornadoes into Tuesday night.

The storms will threaten lives and property and are likely to produce the biggest outbreak of the year so far. There is the potential for this outbreak to rival some of the biggest in the past few years.

The first severe storms ignited in Nebraska and northeastern Kansas during Tuesday morning. Severe storms were moving into northern Missouri and southern Iowa during the midday hours. This is just a small sample of what may unfold later in the day.

Families and individuals should finish their review of severe weather safety plans and be prepared to take action.

“All modes of severe weather are likely, including tornadoes, hail and damaging winds,” according to AccuWeather Assistant Director of Storm Warning Services Andrew Gagnon.

Motorists in the region should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions.

A significant number of the storms will produce hail the size of golf balls or larger, which can cause significant injury and property damage.

“The storms on Tuesday afternoon and evening have the potential to produce numerous tornadoes, including some strong tornadoes that could be on the ground for an extended period of time,” Gagnon said.


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