- Powerful storms are slamming a large swath of the central US, affecting up to 40 million Americans, CBS reported.
- Dozens of tornadoes touched down Friday night in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
- More severe weather is on the way for the weekend and will continue into early next week, according to AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer.
- Monday will see some of the worst weather, with high winds, hail, flooding, and tornadoes expected from central Texas into southern Kansas.
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Large swaths of the US, from Texas to South Dakota, are getting hammered by powerful storms, damaging hail, and tornadoes.
More than 30 tornadoes touched down Friday night in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas, causing downed powerlines and loss of power, according to Accuweather. In Iowa, wind gusts of 86 mph were recorded and golf ball-sized hail fell in Illinois and Indiana. No injuries have been reported.
Social media posts showed scenes of storm damage and tornadoes toppling tractor-trailers.
— Kyle Lockhart (@eas3964) May 17, 2019
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 18, 2019
DANGEROUS TORNADO STRIKE: Video captured the moment a tornado originating in Beaver County, Oklahoma, knocked over a tractor-trailer on a Kansas highway, with storm trackers rushing out of their cars to help free the driver. https://t.co/HfYVRPCaVu pic.twitter.com/G7P4sVVbLZ
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) May 18, 2019
— Jaclyn Whittal (@jwhittalTWN) May 18, 2019
— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) May 18, 2019
— Meredith Garofalo (@GarofaloWX) May 18, 2019
The extreme weather is expected to continue through the weekend and into early next week.
The Great Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and the Ohio Valley can expect “severe thunderstorms and some flash flooding” this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Monday will see the worst weather, with destructive winds, hail, flooding, and tornadoes expected in an area stretching from western and central Texas through Oklahoma and into southern Kansas.
Accuweather meteorologists said large hailstones could cause substantial property damage and injury to livestock.
“It looks like there is no end in sight to this very active pattern of severe weather into the end of May,” AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said.
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