Midwest Weather: Twisters and Baseball-Sized Hail

Nebraska was hit with baseball-sized hail which damaged vehicles, shattered windows, and tore the siding off homes while those in Oklahoma and Kansas were hit with tornadoes.

Tornado sirens could be heard in the early morning hours across Oklahoma City as three potential twisters were reported in close proximity to the city. According to Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management’s Michellan Ooten, some home were damaged in the dangerous weather, however, no injuries were reported across any of the Midwest states.

National Weather Service officials broadcast a warning to residents indicating that residents should begin preparations for overnight storms which officials believe could potentially spawn quickly-moving tornadoes. A tornado watch was issued in parts of Iowa until 9:00 p.m. (CT) and until 8:00 p.m. (CT) for parts of Nebraska. Oklahoma and Kansas until 6:00 p.m. (CT). In reference to today’s weather system, officials said that the storm was “a particularly dangerous situation.” Chief of operations at the Storm Prediction Center, a part of the National Weather Service, was quoted by CBS News having said:

“The threat isn’t over with tonight, unfortunately. Severe weather is possible again tomorrow from east Texas and Arkansas and up to into the Great Lakes. This could go into certainly to overnight situations, which is always of immense concern to us.”

Two potential tornadoes were reported in southern Nebraska, near the border of Kansas. At least one twister touched down in Oklahoma and another in Kansas, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center warns that the severe weather across the Midwest has the potential to be a:

“High-end, life threatening event.”

What are your thoughts on the severe Midwest weather?