A new tornado watch was issued for eastern and central Oklahoma on Thursday.
The Storm Prediction Center said the region might see severe storms later this afternoon and evening. Officials said these supercells are capable of producing three-inch hail and tornadoes.
It’s also believed the severe weather will affect other regions as well. Weather experts said the storms could make their way through parts of Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Wisconsin.
“We have a very complex forecast again today. We do look into the atmosphere and see more ingredients in place today for supercells and tornadoes than what we saw yesterday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Smith explained.
Officials said some of the storms moving through eastern and central Oklahoma might be severe. The supercells could arrive in tornado recovery areas between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm CDT.
“Storms may develop one to two counties west of Interstate 35 along the dryline. [There is a] higher tornado potential today, higher potential for large hail today. Still lots of question marks, though. This is not a slam-dunk guaranteed tornado forecast,” Smith said.
According to the watch statement issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, people in the affected areas may see large hail and damaging wind gusts of up to 70 MPH. This is certainly not good news for those who are still trying to recover from last week’s storms.
Unfortunately, the threat of severe storms may continue into the weekend. Smith said there is a moderate risk of severe storms in the same region on Friday. Weather officials are continuing to monitor the situation, particularly around Moore, Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service has officially upgraded last week’s tornado to an EF-5. In addition to wind gusts that reached 200 MPH, the tornado’s path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.
People living in parts of Oklahoma who are currently under the tornado watch should stay tuned to local reports for more information about the possible storms.