Tornadoes Touching Down on the Plains

June 20, 2011; 5:34 PM ET
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Radar image of a rotating thunderstorm and tornado over Norton County, Kansas Monday afternoon.

Violent thunderstorms began to erupt over the central Plains Monday afternoon and will fire and produce tornadoes well into the night time hours.

A strong tornado touched down in Norton County in northwestern Kansas during the middle of the afternoon. A debris ball was indicated on the radar for a time.

Additional powerful thunderstorms were firing farther to the east over Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, which will take the tornado risk to areas from Omaha to Topeka, Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City this evening and into Des Moines and Kansas City later tonight.

The threat of violent thunderstorms and tornadoes will continue over the Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes during Tuesday and Tuesday night.

A line of severe thunderstorms are currently moving through Nebraska, two of which are capable of producing tornadoes. A tornado has touched down near Hampton.

Storms are coming into Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Collegiate World Series is currently happening in the area. Even though these are predominantly straight line winds, the gusts are very powerful.

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