Baseball-Sized Hail And 40 Tornadoes Reported As Dangerous Storms Slam Midwest
Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET: Baseball-sized hail shattered windows and tore the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska and at least three possible tornadoes hit central Oklahoma on Saturday in what forecasters warned could be a day of “life-threatening” storms in the nation’s midsection. No serious injuries from Saturday were immediately reported.
'Life-threatening': Huge tornadic super cells shoot out lightning bolts in the skies near the area of Apache, Oklahoma
A tornado was spotted in Langley, Kan., Saturday evening, as National Weather Service tornado warnings were in effect in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
The Weather Channel reported that 40 tornadoes were reported before 7:30 p.m. EDT.
“What is now under way is potentially a very serious situation,” Bill Bunting, chief of operations for the Storm Prediction Center said. Officials warned that other areas at risk were parts of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Texas were at risk.
The last time the National Weather Service issued such a high-risk warning was last April, Bunting said.
Comments from the targeted region started to stream ontomsnbc.com’s Facebook pageSaturday evening. Their comments and their Facebook IDs:
“Oklahoma is get’n shaken up jus a bit. If they weren’t ALL Around. I woulda left state! But gonna pray & ride it out here in Okie.” – Kimberly Dawn.
“Partly cloudy and very windy in S.E. Kansas with potential for severe storms after 10 pm. You pray and keep your eyes on the weather reports.” — Valori Richardson
“I’m east of Wichita, KS. Very muggy here. Very windy. Waiting for the storms to pop here. The local weather people are warning everyone to be prepared to take shelter even into the overnight hours. This is the real deal.” – Diane Lowery. source – MSNBC
A life-threatening, large outbreak of tornadoes is forecast to unfold across the central and southern Plains this weekend. According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “The risk is about as high as it gets.”