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    Severe Storms to Continue Through Thursday in Central US

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    November 01, 2013, 3:36:03 PM EDT

    While the preliminary tornado count for 2013 is historically low, severe weather will ramp up across the United States through Thursday.

    Areas from Kansas City to Oklahoma City and Dallas will be at risk for violent thunderstorms into Wednesday night.

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    The greatest concerns from the thunderstorms on Wednesday will be damaging winds, flooding rain and lightning strikes. A number of locations may also be hit with brief hail.

    However, there is also the chance of a tornado being produced in a few of the strongest storms.

    On Thursday, gusty and drenching thunderstorms will reach from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.


    The strength of the winds could still be great enough to cause travel delays, power outages and downed trees.

    The threat for damaging wind gusts will reach farther along into parts of the Northeast Thursday night and Friday.

    Since a major tornado outbreak is not expected, the severe weather this Halloween week will not change this year's preliminary tornado count from being historically low.

    The below graphic from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center shows that the preliminary tornado count, on an adjusted scale, through Oct. 26, 2013 (656) is significantly less than the previous minimal value (776) observed during the same time.


    As the graphic states, the preliminary count for 2013 has been multiplied by 0.85 to remove erroneous extra reports. Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait attributes the low tornado count to the fact that, "we kept having cold air from Canada undercutting warm air, which inhibits tornadoes."

    "There were a few exceptions to that situation, which led to notable tornadoes. But overall, the tornado count was very low," Strait continued.

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