Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texas and Oklahoma brace for tornadoes and storms

Texas and Oklahoma brace for tornadoes and storms

The Storm Prediction Center said that following the tornadoes, there will also be more isolated and potentially risky severe weather--including baseball-size hail and flash flooding--in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

"The best we can scientifically tell, this has the hallmarks of past notable tornado outbreaks", tweeted Jared Guyer, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

"Missouri is experiencing a very risky severe storm system with multiple threats that must be taken seriously", Parson said in a written advisory.

Nineteen tornadoes touched down from Texas to Oklahoma Monday night, causing widespread damage and keeping millions on high alert. Storm cells that did develop, however, followed one after the other in what is called "training", leading to scattered reports of flash flooding Monday night.

Serious river flooding - including along the already swollen Mississippi River - also is expected in the central U.S. as another 2 to 5 inches of rain are expected to fall over the region in the next few days.

"More tornados are on the way today, most likely late this afternoon into the evening", said NWS forecaster Rich Otto, adding that the warnings stretched from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas eastwards to Arkansas and southwest Missouri.

"More-isolated but still potentially risky severe weather, including tornadoes, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas".

On Monday at least 19 tornadoes caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain, sparking flooding and causing damage to buildings and vehicles. However, those storms eventually moved into Pottawatomie County.

As CNN pointed out, today is the sixth anniversary of a tornado that struck the city of Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people.

In Comanche County, Oklahoma, a tornado destroyed two homes on Saturday morning, said Ashleigh Hensch, an emergency management spokesperson there.

In Mangum, near the state's border with Texas, city officials said a tornado hit a house and ripped the roof off a two-story apartment building, according to CNN affiliate KOCO. The levee near Jefferson City's airport holds back water up to 30 feet (9.14 meters), Cole County Emergency Manager Bill Farr said, but the National Weather Service expects a crest of 32.3 feet (9.85 meters) Thursday.

Already struggling farmers in Arkansas and Missouri are bracing themselves for more wet weather sweeping across the southern Great Plains, delaying crucial corn and soybean planting in the region.

Tinker Air Force Base, about 8 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, is evacuating some aircraft ahead of the storm. Meanwhile, state workers in several Oklahoma counties were sent home early.

The most severe activity will be be centered around the state of Oklahoma as well as Northwest Texas and eastern Texas Panhandle.

Twitter user @Honzie101 managed to capture video footage from their tornado sighting west of Paducah.

On Monday, several school districts in Oklahoma, including in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa regions, canceled classes.

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