Severe Storms Track East Overnight
A tornado watch (in yellow) is in effect now through 11 PM CT for portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. In addition to several strong tornadoes, hail up to apple size and damaging winds up to 80 mph will be possible too. A severe thunderstorm watch (in pink) has been issued until 2 AM CDT.
There have already been tornado warnings for Kansas and Oklahoma this afternoon and evening that have brought funnel cloud and possible tornado sightings. Some of the hail reports have already been up to ping pong ball in size.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a MODERATE risk for Monday across Oklahoma. This is a level 4 out of 5 threat, meaning numerous severe storms will be possible, and those storms that do develop will be damaging with large tornadoes, damaging hail (2″+ diameter) and wind gusts at Hurricane Force strength.
There is a large coverage area for wind, hail, and tornadoes. The tornado threat significantly increases as you get into the 10% risk region below.
Damaging winds may be significant through the overnight hours. We could see wind gusts greater than 74 mph for those highlighted in blue.
Things happen quickly with individual cells developing into a line shortly after sundown. This line of thunderstorms will contain the threat for damaging outflow winds, which is why the significant wind threat is centered across eastern Oklahoma.
Imbedded within the line of thunderstorms will be areas of rotation and tornadic activity. Please have way to get alerts before you go to bed, or try and stay up until the storms pass through so you don’t miss weather alerts.
Storm activity does diminish late Monday night and Tuesday morning with just a few thunderstorms (non-severe) into Arkansas and western Tennessee.
Heavy and intense rain is expected within the storms on Monday. This could lead to extremely low visibility and flash flooding threats on the roadways. A flood watch is in place for Arkansas and southern Missouri where heavy rain late tonight and into early Tuesday morning could create the flash flood concern.
The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has highlighted this area for the risk of excessive rainfall.
The ground and soils are already saturated so it won’t take more than one or two strong storms to lead to the flooding risks.
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