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Central US faces ‘particularly dangerous situation’ from potential derecho with 100-mph winds, giant hail

The central United States is bracing for a potentially dangerous end to the weekend. Forecasters are predicting severe weather threats Sunday, including a derecho that will hit parts of Kansas and Oklahoma with destructive wind gusts of more than 100 mph and hail the size of baseballs. This also includes the possibility of

It was another deadly derecho that hit Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, hitting the Houston metropolitan area with winds of up to 160 mph, killing at least seven people and leaving more than 1 million customers without power. Then it happened.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for several central U.S. states from South Dakota to Texas on Sunday afternoon.

The watch, which covers parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, was designated as “particularly hazardous” by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, highlighting the dire nature of the storm expected to develop in the region. .

The watch also includes Sterling, Colorado, as well as North Platte, Valentine, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Also included are Rapid City, Pierre Butte, and Eagle Butte in South Dakota.

Sunday marks the beginning of a multistate severe weather threat expected to affect millions of people from the Plains to the Midwest until at least Tuesday, but not until at least the middle of the year in the central United States. The threat of severe weather will continue. Upcoming work week.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Sunday afternoon for multiple states in the central United States, from South Dakota to Texas. fox weather
This watch highlights the dire nature of the storm expected to develop in the area. JSirlin – Stock.adobe.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is increasing the threat of severe weather Sunday, focusing on central Kansas where the threat of destructive wind gusts and large hail is highest.

The threat will spread to the East on Monday and Tuesday, putting tens of millions of people in the Plains and Midwest at risk of extreme weather.

A potential derecho could explode across the central United States today.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma in the late afternoon and continue into the evening, including the possibility of a derecho, the SPC said.

“Devastating winds of 80 to 160 mph are possible, with localized gusts exceeding 160 mph.” SPC said In a discussion about predictions. “Very large hail and some tornadoes are also expected.”

The derecho blasted through the Houston metropolitan area with 160 mph winds, killing at least seven people and leaving more than 1 million customers without power. fox weather
Destroyed house in Houston, Texas, May 17, 2024. Reginald Massalone/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

Because of this threat, the SPC has classified approximately 570,000 people in Kansas at Level 4 out of 5 on a 5-point scale of severe thunderstorm risk.

This includes areas just north of Dodge City, Great Bend, Salina and Wichita.

However, the threat of severe weather is not limited to these areas.

The SPC also placed about 850,000 people in parts of Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma at a level 3 out of 5 risk.

This threat includes Topeka, Wichita and Hays in Kansas, as well as Woodward in Oklahoma.

Severe thunderstorms in the region on Sunday could bring life-threatening lightning strikes, tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail.

There is also a threat of tornadoes in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, but forecasters said they are far more concerned about the threat of destructive wind gusts and baseball-sized hail. .

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is increasing the threat of severe weather Sunday, focusing on central Kansas where the threat of destructive wind gusts and large hail is highest. fox weather
“Devastating wind storms of 80 to 160 mph are possible, with locally extreme wind gusts exceeding 160 mph possible,” the SPC said in its forecast discussion. . “Very large hail and some tornadoes are also expected.” Fox Weather

The SPC said there was an increased risk of supercell thunderstorms forming on Sunday, which could form bow echoes as they hit the region.

FOX Weather meteorologist Craig Herrera said, “From now on, we’ll be keeping an eye out for damaging winds.” “And when we’re talking about damaging winds, you’re talking about wind gusts of 125 miles per hour or more. The sustained wind speed from a hurricane is considered to be 114 miles per hour. That’s “It’s a gusty wind, but even wind gusts this fast and over 125 mph can cause some damage.”

And some of Sunday’s thunderstorms could produce wind gusts as strong as a Category 2 hurricane.

The SPC said wind gusts of 80 to 160 mph could occur in bands, with localized gusts reaching over 160 mph.

Severe weather threat for Monday

There are currently two areas where severe weather is a concern on Monday.

The SPC puts more than 17 million people at risk at Level 2 out of 5, including parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa, as well as the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, and Includes part of Wisconsin.

Severe thunderstorms in the region can produce life-threatening lightning strikes, tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and large hail. fox weather

The Nebraska cities of Norfolk, Omaha, Lincoln and McCook are all at risk, while Des Moines, Iowa, is just outside the Level 2 threat.

On Monday, Kansas City, Missouri, was also included in the Level 2 threat.

On Monday, Milwaukee and Chicago were also placed at Level 2 of 5.

All thunderstorms in the Plains and Midwest can produce damaging wind gusts, hail, and tornadoes.

Severe weather threat for Tuesday

On Tuesday, the SPC announced the severe weather risk level was 3 out of 5, affecting more than 9.5 million people.

Some of Sunday’s thunderstorms could produce wind gusts as strong as a Category 2 hurricane. Reginald Massalone/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

The threat has people in seven states from the Plains to the Midwest on alert for storms that could bring damaging wind gusts, hail and the possibility of tornadoes.

More than 31.5 million people from Oklahoma to Michigan are at Level 2 out of 5 risk, although those areas face a threat of more severe thunderstorms on Tuesday.

This Level 2 risk includes the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma, St. Louis in Missouri, Chicago in Illinois, Minneapolis in Minnesota, and Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin.

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