90 million people in the central United States are threatened by severe storms on Sunday


The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 4:00 p.m. ahead of a line of severe thunderstorms moving through Kansas and Missouri. The watch includes cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Springfield and Jefferson City, Missouri. Widespread damaging wind gusts of up to 80 mph and up to tennis ball-sized hail, as well as a few tornadoes are among the potential threats.

Another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued through 1 p.m. CT for parts of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, noting that threats include scattered large hail up to 2 inches and gusty winds wind damage up to 70 mph.

Overall, northeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, northwestern Arkansas and southern Missouri face an “enhanced” level 3 out of 5 risk for storms. violent, according to the SPC, including cities like Springfield, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

But the severe storm threat extends beyond the region, encompassing cities like Indianapolis, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tulsa, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.

Showers and thunderstorms will be concentrated along a cold front moving slowly east across the Midwest Sunday afternoon and evening. Scattered destructive gusts of wind and large hail will be the main threats, especially across the Ozarks, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Heavy rains could also lead to isolated areas of flash flooding over parts of southwestern Missouri through northwestern Arkansas.

The threat will shift east Monday as the cold front advances, with the risk of severe storms stretching from Georgia to Maine.

A Level 3 out of 5 risk for severe storms is in place in the Northeast, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Syracuse, New York, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Meanwhile, a Tier 2 risk includes New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

The main severe risks on Monday will be locally damaging winds and hail, and a tornado or two will also be possible in the afternoon.


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