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Severe Weather Outbreak Looms From Texas to South Dakota Friday Evening

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
May 16, 2015, 10:54:29 PM EDT

The risk of severe weather, including isolated tornadoes, will build across a large part of the Plains into Friday night as a storm swings across the Rockies.

Following an outbreak of severe weather last weekend that brought hundreds of reports of severe weather, including dozens of tornadoes, a new outbreak of severe weather looms on Friday night and is forecast to continue into the weekend.

People spending time outdoors or traveling across portions of Interstate 20, I-40, I-70 and I-80 in Texas to Nebraska should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions.

According to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker, "Severe storms will develop across portions of the northern High Plains Friday evening, pushing east into Friday night."


Farther south, from Kansas to northwestern Texas, the storms will tend to be more spotty in nature on Friday night. The storms will tend to erupt in this zone along a boundary separating moist air to the east and dry air to the west.

"Storms [Friday night] will be capable of high wind gusts to 70 mph, large hail over golf ball size, localized flash flooding and isolated tornadoes," Walker said.

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Flash flooding is also possible with the greatest risk in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

As the risk of severe weather and tornadoes continues this weekend, remember to seek shelter indoors at the first sign of an approaching storm.


Never attempt to drive across a flooded roadway or to outrun a tornado.

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