Severe storms and tornadoes possible in nation's midsection

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz says thunderstorms will develop along a dry line on Thursday afternoon along the border of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Not only does climbing up to get near the steel structure elevate you, a unsafe step given that winds increase with height, the overpass itself may form a wind tunnel that increases speeds even further.

A couple of the tornadoes could be strong and on the ground for more than a few minutes. The chances are just smaller.

"Strong to severe storms are expected to develop out west along the dryline Thursday afternoon", forecasters in Tulsa said.

The National Weather service warns that residents of all areas should be careful about weather, regardless of warning level. Many homes in the Plains are equipped with underground storm cellars, which provide an even greater degree of safety during threatening weather.

The system also spawned several tornadoes Thursday in Oklahoma and Texas. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. While the severe threat is low, flash flooding could become a concern in some areas. Heavy winds and hail are expected as well.

In Wyandotte County, today's high is expected to be near 79, with a light and variable wind becoming southeast around 6 miles per hour in the afternoon, the weather service said. Wind: SE 10-15. Low: 61. While a few inches of slush is piling up in Denver and its nearby suburbs, higher elevations are getting dumped on with upwards of 2 feet of snow.

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Friday, there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 76, the weather service said.

We should see a break on Friday morning with another round of storms affecting our area on Friday night and all day on Saturday. This means numerous severe storms are possible.

The watch was issued at about 8 p.m. Monday. The high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home, which frequently would not have a foundation, from its moorings.

While the thunderstorms rumble across tornado alley, warm, humid air has brought mid-summer-like weather to the East Coast.

"And it looks like the rest of May is going to be busy weather wise", Lehenbauer said.

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