Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tornado & Severe Weather Threat Continues Eastward Today...

The threat of severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, continues to spread Eastward today, into the Midwest, Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee Valley Regions.  The highest threat of severe thunderstorms, including the possibility of strong tornadoes, is within the pink and red shaded areas on the image above.

Very large hail (i.e., tennis ball size or larger) and strong tornadoes are possible within the pink, red and black hatched areas on the image above.  This threat includes the cities of St. Louis, Little Rock, Memphis, Evansville, Indianapolis and Lincoln.

Severe thunderstorms that began in Kansas and Oklahoma yesterday evening continue to progress Eastward this morning.  Tornado Watches are currently in effect for the following areas:

The threat of severe weather will not end across the watch areas once the current activity passes.  Thunderstorms are expected to redevelop in much of the same area (near the western border of the red outlined area on the 1st image) by early to mid afternoon, and progress Eastward into the evening.

In addition, the activity currently moving Eastward could reintensify over the Ohio Valley and portions of the Tennessee Valley later this afternoon.

Tornadoes, very large hail and damaging thunderstorm winds will all be possible with the activity this afternoon & evening.

If you live anywhere within the severe weather outlook areas, and particularly in the areas within the red and black hatching on the 2nd image, please pay very close attention to the weather today (particularly this afternoon & evening).

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