Tornadoes, severe storms expected in Plains, Midwest

One of several violent tornadoes that touched down across Kansas on April 14, 2012. Tornadoes and storms are forecast for the Plains and Midwest this week. Photo: National Weather Service, Wichita, Kansas/Wikipedia

May 1 (UPI) — Forecasters expect three days of severe thunderstorms to hit the Plains and Midwest this week, bringing a possibility of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

The threat follows severe storms across Texas, Kansas and Nebraska on Monday evening that pelted parts with golf-ball-sized hail.

The severe thunderstorms were expected to drench northern Kansas, southern and eastern Nebraska, parts of Iowa and southern Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters said storm clusters will likely linger in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and northern Missouri Tuesday night.

Damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes are all possible with the storm system — as well as flash flooding in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Threats will be more severe along a path stretching from Kansas City to Omaha, and in Des Moines, Iowa. There have been no reported tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas so far this season, a record for Oklahoma.

Forecasters say by Wednesday afternoon, another round of severe thunderstorms will hit parts of the Midwest.

Very large hail, tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are likely.

Thursday is expected to see another round of storms in parts of the Mississippi Valley, Texas, the Great Lakes and Northeast.


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