Locally severe thunderstorms over the northern Plains this evening will precede a more widespread severe weather event. Numerous intense thunderstorms and tornadoes will begin firing Monday afternoon, posing a serious threat to lives and property across the entire Plains.
The thunderstorms Monday afternoon will ignite as a powerful storm emerges from the Rockies. The thunderstorms will erupt from: eastern South Dakota to north-central Texas. Huron, S.D.; North Platte, Neb.; Wichita, Kan.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Wichita Falls, Texas, are amongst the cities, towns and rural areas the thunderstorms will threaten.
The thunderstorms will continue to press eastward Monday night into Tuesday, moving through Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., and Dallas, Texas.
The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of spawning tornadoes. A few of the twisters could be extremely powerful and long-lived. Any tornado that touches down into Tuesday, however, threatens to cause destruction.
Damaging winds, pounding hail and blinding downpours will also be produced by the severe thunderstorms.
Residents across the Plains are strongly urged to monitor local news outlets and take immediate action if a severe thunderstorm or tornado threatens. Weather radios should be left on overnight to keep alert of this dangerous weather event.
Precautions can also be taken to protect property. Outdoor furniture and other objects that could be blown around outdoors should be secured or taken indoors. Damaging winds could also down trees and knock power out, while large hail could dent cars or even cause serious damage to windshields. If possible, cars should be parked in garages.
For a more detailed discussion on the severe weather outbreak Monday, check out the AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center.
For a graphical view of the severe storm-related watches and warnings in effect, please click here.
The East Regional News story has more information on how the thunderstorms will impact places farther east starting Wednesday
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