Severe thunderstorms spawn weak tornado in West Michigan

Saul Bowman
May 20, 2019

Early on Saturday, an EF2 tornado with winds of up to 130 miles per hour struck east of Geronimo, Oklahoma.

Storms will likely affect populated areas such as Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City.

In addition to tornadoes, there will be the possibility of large hail. While the risk for severe storms appears to be low, it extends over a large population. However, attention will turn immediately to the next system, which will bring another round of severe weather.

Nineteen million Americans are in the path of destruction again today after almost four dozen tornadoes ripped through six states this weekend leveling homes and tossing trees.

Unfortunately, that means very favorable conditions for violent severe weather in parts of this region.

In Abilene, Texas, a city 240 kilometres west of Fort Worth, strong winds prompted the evacuation of a nursing home and left numerous homes and businesses damaged, according to the Abilene Reporter-News.

There is a moderate risk for severe weather in parts of Oklahoma and Texas, including Oklahoma City, on Monday.

Tornadoes touched down Friday in Kansas and rural parts of Nebraska, tearing up trees and powerlines, and damaging some homes and farm buildings, according to the National Weather Service.

"The storms which prompted the warning have weakened below severe limits, and no longer pose an immediate threat to life or property".

"These storms will also produce periods of heavy rain that will once again saturate soils & set the stage for increased flood potential this coming Tue when the next round of heavy rain moves in", the weather service predicted for Missouri. However, the atmosphere will begin to lose some of the ingredients that are needed to have widespread intense severe weather.

They also say that even with the cloud cover and winds, expect temps in the upper 70's with plenty of humidity.

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