Severe Storm Risk to Ramp Up in Central US Friday Evening

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
June 27, 2014; 11:09 PM
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The first week of summer will end on a stormy note in the Plains with the threat for severe weather reaching all the way from Texas to southern Canada.

As thunderstorms ramp up into Friday evening, they will begin to produce damaging winds and large hail with the most vigorous storms spinning up tornadoes.

A tornado was reported by emergency management in Cleveland, Texas, 45 miles from Houston at 11:24 CST Friday.

The added threat of tornadoes will result in storms late in the day Friday into Friday evening being more dangerous than those that developed over the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

Due to the timing of these storms, anyone in the Plains during the evening should prepare for the storms and know where to seek shelter if one strikes.

Storms can have major impacts on those traveling across the region into Friday night.

This includes any evening commutes along I-94, I-90, I-29, I-80 and I-70.

Wind gusts produced by these storms may be strong enough to topple over high profile vehicles, such as tractor trailers.

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The Difference Between Tornado Watches and Warnings

With severe weather in the forecast, it is important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

If you are in an area that is under a tornado watch, that means that the conditions are conducive for tornado development but not actually occurring.

A tornado warning, however, means that a tornado signature has been indicated on Doppler radar or has been spotted on the ground.

If a tornado warning is in effect for your area, you should take cover until the warning has been lifted.

On Saturday, another round of severe weather is in store for part of the Plains with storms focusing on Minnesota and Iowa.

This same area could be hit with storms once again on Sunday. This includes the cities of Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota.


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