Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding to Remain Threats in Plains and Midwest Into Late Week

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Published: May 22, 2019

Rounds of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to impact parts of the Plains and Midwest into late week as disturbances in an active jet stream spread through those regions.

Happening Now

An expansive swath of heavy rain is ongoing this morning from West Texas into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous flash flood warnings.

Water rescues were reported overnight near Hominy, Oklahoma, Joplin, Missouri, and other locations. Homes and businesses were reportedly flooded near White Oak, Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service said there was a radar-confirmed tornado early Tuesday morning just east of Oklahoma City near Dale and Meeker.

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Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

Here's a look at where severe storms and flooding rain could be a threat the next few days.

Tuesday's Forecast

Ongoing heavy rain will continue to pose a threat of additional flash flooding from the eastern halves of Kansas and Oklahoma into parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

Another round of severe thunderstorms will also flare up today, from eastern Texas into Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, Missouri, western Illinois, southern Iowa, and central and eastern Kansas.

Damaging thunderstorm winds, hail and a few tornadoes are possible in these areas.


Tuesday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Wednesday's Forecast

The Plains and Midwest may get a bit of a breather from widespread storminess much of Wednesday.

That said, locally heavy rain and a few severe storms could develop by late Wednesday from the Texas Panhandle into western Oklahoma, Kansas, northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

Thursday's Forecast

Another round of severe storms could flare up in the Plains on Thursday as a new upper-level system punches out of the Rockies.

A swath from the Texas Panhandle into western Oklahoma, central Kansas and southeast Nebraska has the greatest chance of seeing severe storms with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

Localized flash flooding will also be possible from the Texas Panhandle northeastward into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, eastern Nebraska, northwest Missouri, Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Parts of the Northeast could also see scattered severe storms with damaging winds and large hail.


Thursday's Severe Thunderstorm Forecast

Another bout of severe storms could fire up on Friday from northeast Oklahoma to eastern Kansas, northern Missouri, southern and eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Severe Weather Recap

Monday, May 20

Several tornadoes touched down from West Texas and Oklahoma to southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri. Two tornadoes were spotted simultaneously near the town of Crescent, Oklahoma, Monday afternoon.

A tornado caused damage near Mangum, Oklahoma, early Monday evening, including damaged homes and an apartment complex, a destroyed county building and ripped-up trees. No injuries have been reported.

Tornadoes were also reported in Odessa, Texas, and Perry, Oklahoma, as well as Cherokee County, Kansas, and Barton County, Missouri.

A barn roof was ripped off and twisted by the reported tornado in Perry, Oklahoma. The Barton County, Missouri, tornado caused damage to houses and buildings and knocked down power lines.

Late Monday night, a tornado debris signature was evident on radar as a storm moved near Peggs, Oklahoma. The storm went on to produce a confirmed large and destructive tornado near the town of Leach, prompting the issuance of a tornado emergency.

A tornado in Paducah, Texas, was also among the multiple twisters spotted by storm chasers on Monday.

In addition to the tornadoes, hail up to grapefruit-size (4 inches in diameter) was reported in Wellington, Texas, Monday afternoon.

Flooding affected several areas in the southern Plains Monday evening, including parts of north central and northeast Oklahoma and south central and southeast Kansas. Some local roads were closed in those areas.

A flash flood emergency was issued for several communities in northeast Oklahoma, including the city of Bartlesville. Four to six inches of rain had already fallen by around 11 p.m. Monday. Multiple water rescues were under way in Bartlesville, according to county officials.

Parts of Hominy, Oklahoma, were evacuated late Monday night as up to five feet of water entered some homes.

Water rescues were also necessary in Glencoe, Oklahoma, while floodwaters reportedly entered the local police department in Ponca City.

Sunday, May 19

Damage was reported in Ville Platte, Louisiana, early Sunday morning from a possible brief tornado. Trees were also downed by severe thunderstorm winds in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Scattered severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening produced damaging winds from the southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to the interior Northeast. The strong wind gusts knocked down trees and power lines in parts of those regions.

Among the strongest winds was a 59-mph gust in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. A few 60-plus-mph gusts were reported in parts of east-central Illinois, Indiana, southwestern Lower Michigan and central Pennsylvania.

Saturday, May 18

A possible tornado struck near McAlester, Oklahoma, early Saturday afternoon, downing a large tree onto a home. Significant roof damage was reported.

Storms in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex produced flash flooding early Saturday. Major street flooding was reported across Interstate 30 and Montgomery in Fort Worth, where up to 3 inches of rain had fallen by midday Saturday.

One strongly rotating supercell thunderstorm raked through San Angelo, Texas, early Saturday morning, prompting staff at the National Weather Service to take shelter as the rotation appeared to pass just north of the office. It then headed into the city of San Angelo, with an estimated population of 100,000. The storm produced an EF2 tornado.

Roofs of several homes were damaged in the Dove Creek subdivision, and one building collapsed at Boys Ranch on the city's southwestern side. Numerous homes were also damaged on the city's northern side, according to the local fire department.

This supercell was followed by drenching rain with rainfall rates in excess of 1 inch per hour, with reports of vehicles trapped in floodwaters on Southwest Boulevard and near the Angelo State University campus, according to SanAngeloLive.com.

Another tornado tore through Abilene, Texas, early Saturday morning, damaging homes on the city's southern side and blowing roofs off homes north of downtown. This tornado was given a preliminary EF2 rating by the National Weather Service.

A large tornado touched down a few hours later Saturday morning in Runnels County, northeast of San Angelo, and tracked into the city of Ballinger, damaging homes, the high school, a water tower and a baseball stadium, according to local law enforcement. Torrential rain then led to some flooding of homes in the town.

The tornado apparently continued into Coleman County, where a church roof was damaged in Silver Valley, about 35 miles south-southeast of Abilene, Texas.

An EF2 tornado touched down in Comanche County, Oklahoma, near Geronimo. Two homes were destroyed, and one person was injured, according to a county emergency manager.

Flooding was also a serious issue in parts of Oklahoma.

At least one vehicle stalled in high water in Oklahoma City, with water reportedly up to the vehicle's windows. Spencer, just east of the city, reported 2.30 inches of rain by early afternoon. At least a couple of vehicles were flooded out in Lawton, Oklahoma, requiring water rescues.

Friday, May 17

There were 38 reports of tornadoes Friday, though the exact number of actual tornadoes remains unknown at this time.

A tornado touched down near the Nebraska/Kansas border, then tracked northeastward to near McCook, Nebraska, as an EF2-strength with winds up to 120 mph early Friday evening. At least one home, several grain bins and multiple outbuildings were damaged northwest of town. The supercell went on to produce a pair of EF1 tornadoes later near Farnam and near Cozad, Nebraska, on Interstate 80, producing damage near the town's cemetery.

Another tornado damaged two homes near the towns of Bloom and Windhorst, Kansas, south and east of Dodge City. A mobile home was also overturned near Windhorst.

Hail up to 3 inches in diameter pelted Sedgwick, Colorado. Thunderstorm winds blew out a window and damaged a garage door in Schleicher County, Texas, and overturned a camping trailer, injuring one camper in Scioto County, Ohio.

Flooding was also an issue in some areas. Up to 2 feet of water flooded roads in Brookings, South Dakota, Friday night.


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