Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

The National Weather Service says the tornado Sunday evening in Barry County was rated EF-0 and was on the ground for about three minutes. In eastern Iowa, dense fog is possible as strong thunderstorms prepare to hit the region.

The storms that stretched from Texas to southern Minnesota are predicted to move into the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley area, Mid-Atlantic and central to northern Appalachians Sunday. Additionally, damaging winds, large hail and strong tornadoes will be possible across parts of the Southern Plains from Midland, Texas, to Wichita, Kansas.

Justin Flickinger took vacation time from work to chase the storm systems that have produced dozens of tornadoes across Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas. A tornado in Abilene, in central Texas, caused "widespread damage", CNN affiliated KTXS reported.

Over 40 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather today and an additional 13 million are under threat for Sunday, Van Dam said. Officials said the rain and winds blew broken glass from the tower and compromised the integrity of other panes.

Threat of flooding will be high throughout the week, with rainfall totals ranging from one to five inches (2.5-12.5cm), according to Van Dam.

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May is typically the stormiest month of the year in terms of severe weather with an average of 276 tornadoes across the US.

Several areas of the country face threats Friday.

If isolated cells develop ahead of the main line, those storms could have a greater threat to become severe. The river has been above flood stage for 133 days straight at Natchez, 90 days at Vicksburg and 89 at Greenville, the weather service said. Earlier this month, its level reached 22.64 feet, WQAD said.

Stay tuned to WBZ-TV and CBS for updates as warranted through the day.

On Friday, Timmer was reporting from Nebraska for the AccuWeather Network and intercepted a tornado on foot near McCook, losing his hat in the process.

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