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US'Nightmare scenario': At least 2M people in the path of 'potentially violent' tornadoes

23:51  20 may  2019
23:51  20 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Life-threatening tornado outbreak, flash flooding possible Monday in Southern Plains

Life-threatening tornado outbreak, flash flooding possible Monday in Southern Plains There have been 38 reported tornadoes in the U.S. since Friday.

A dangerous day for weather was forecast Monday in portions of Texas and Oklahoma with at least 2 million people in the path of possible tornadoes.

"An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening," the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) warned.

Storm warnings issued as tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Texas

Storm warnings issued as tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Texas Powerful gusts of wind and rain whipped through parts of Oklahoma late Monday

The prediction center placed parts of the eastern Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma under a "high risk" area for severe weather, the most serious of SPC’s five risk categories.

"This event should result in a significant threat to life and property," the center added.

The entire Oklahoma City metro area was within the "high risk" area.

"I’d certainly label this the 'nightmare scenario,'" meteorologist Mike Smith tweeted, with a display of the storms that are predicted for later Monday.

The latest forecast from SPC has increased the tornado probabilities from 30% to 45% from northwest Texas into central Oklahoma, the center said in its midday forecast. This means there's a 45% chance of a tornado forming within 25 miles of any spot in the area.

After 19 tornadoes ripped through 4 states, millions are now under flash flooding threat

After 19 tornadoes ripped through 4 states, millions are now under flash flooding threat Severe thunderstorms will drench and flood parts of Oklahoma Tuesday, following on the heels of a series of tornadoes that touched down in that state and others. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); At least 19 tornadoes swept through central Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas Monday, carrying warnings of "considerable" damage to homes, businesses and vehicles with the possibility of "complete destruction.

The last time a 45% tornado outlook was issued was before an outbreak in Oklahoma and Kansas on April 14, 2012, when 122 tornadoes formed, killing 6 people.

'Nightmare scenario': At least 2M people in the path of 'potentially violent' tornadoes© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. More isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including tornadoes, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, the center warned.

Schools are closed across Oklahoma ahead of the bad weather. Many of the largest school systems in the center of the state (as well as the University of Oklahoma campus) will be closed all day Monday, which appears to be the first time such a mass closure has occurred in central Oklahoma on the night before severe weather, according to the Weather Underground.

Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City evacuated several planes to other military installations in anticipation of storm damage.

With tornadoes bearing down, an aquarium encouraged guests to take shelter with its sharks

With tornadoes bearing down, an aquarium encouraged guests to take shelter with its sharks The shark tank at the Oklahoma Aquarium is constructed from concrete “over a foot thick," it said. It also has a hell of a view.

Atmospheric scientist Roger Edwards tweeted Monday that “this is the rare kind of event that may take many lives. Pray I’m wrong.”

The wild weather Monday will continue a pattern of severe storms that have battered the region: Nearly 40 preliminary tornadoes were reported across Nebraska and Kansas to end this past week, and the severe weather continued on Saturday, AccuWeather said.

Forecasters say four tornadoes struck parts of West Texas in severe weather that damaged some homes and businesses in the San Angelo area on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

Looking ahead, more bad weather is forecast the rest of the month for the central U.S.: "It looks like there is no end in sight to this very active pattern of severe weather into the end of May," AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said.

High heat will also be another big weather story as May continues: As the Memorial Day weekend rolls in, look for a "death ridge" of heat in the Southeast, forecasters warned.

Deadly storm brings hail, flooding and 132 reports of tornadoes in central US

Deadly storm brings hail, flooding and 132 reports of tornadoes in central US A deadly spring storm unleashed drenching rain, flash flooding and hail in the central United States -- along with more than 130 reports of tornadoes in five days. At least one person drowned in Oklahoma after driving around a barricade on a road in Perkins, the city's Emergency Management office announced. A majority of tornadoes were in Kansas and Missouri, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. Of the total number, Friday had the most tornadoes reported at 39 and Tuesday was a close second at 32.

"Extreme heat and very dry conditions for extended period of time. Days 6-10 averages are 8-10°F above normal in the ensemble mean," meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted. "Huge signal for record highs – and long duration!"

Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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