November 19 2017

Severe weather outbreak predicted in Oklahoma, Kansas

November 19 2017, 06:51 | Rex Rios

Some spots in Alabama could get an additional 4 inches of rain over the next three days which is again raising flooding concerns

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The atmosphere will recover after this first round of thunderstorm activity allowing additional storm development Friday afternoon and evening across central and eastern OK.

The National Weather Service reported 20 tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin on Tuesday.

As of 9:00 p.m. CDT Thursday, 19 tornadoes were reported.

The State Capitol as a storm rolls into Lincoln.

The slow-moving nature of the storm will mean another round of flooding and severe thunderstorms along the same corridor from Friday into Saturday.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friends University has canceled classes for the day and closed due to the threat of severe weather.

There is an enhanced risk of potentially unsafe weather across central Oklahoma after 4 p.m.

"Storms will be moving very quickly this afternoon, in excess of 45 miles per hour".

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely mainly after 4 p.m. In 2011, when devastating tornadoes struck in Joplin, Missouri, and in Alabama and MS, 111 of the 551 people killed nationwide in tornadoes, or 20 percent, were in mobile homes, according to the Storm Prediction Center website. The severe potential for Friday will be assessed further later today and will be discussed in tomorrow's email. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. "A few strong tornadoes are possible." the forecast office said Thursday morning.

In Kansas, the state's Division of Emergency Management announced via Twitter that it activated the Emergency Operations Center in Topeka ahead of the severe storms. The Rockford-area is "one step down" from that with a slight risk for the same thing.

Video captured on May 18, 2017 near Waynoka, Oklahoma. Severe weather and large hail could accompany storms that form over the western portions of the state.

The strongest storms will be capable of large hail, locally damaging winds and a few tornadoes, especially across southwest Iowa, the National Weather Service said.

This won't be the only threat for severe storms.

The Oklahoma City area will be in an enhanced risk for severe thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and night. Storms will once again fire up in the mid to late afternoon across Western Kansas.

Very large hail (up to baseball size) and damaging winds will be the main threats.

Another round of storms is predicted to affect the Tulsa region Friday night and linger into Saturday morning.

The initial batch of scattered showers and storms will move across the area this evening.

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