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Severe Weather across the Midwest Spawns 2 Dozen Tornadoes, Flash Flooding

  • Kayla Koslosky

    Kayla Koslosky has been the Editor of since 2018. She has B.A. degrees in English and History and previously wrote for and was the managing editor of the Yellow Jacket …

  • 2019 May 21

At least 11 midwestern and southern states are under severe storm warnings today as a slew of dangerous weather conditions continues to batter the states.

According to AccuWeather, over the weekend and into Monday, severe weather broke out across the central and southern Plains spawning more than two dozen tornadoes across the region. Reporters in Sky 5 helicopter's for Oklahoma's local ABC News syndicate even captured two tornadoes side-by-side, touching down at the same time over Logan County, Oklahoma, Time Magazine reports. The storm system produced dangerously high winds, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding which particularly affected Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

According to NBC News, the storm caused tremendous damage to building structures and homes, but no deaths have been reported at this time. 

News outlets warn residents of Texas and Oklahoma to expect more severe weather on Tuesday, as violent thunderstorms are expected to produce damaging winds of at least 75 mph, hail storms producing 2-inch hail or larger and more tornadoes. NBC News reports that a tornado was confirmed to have touched down Tuesday morning near the Tulsa International Airport forcing passengers to run for cover. No injuries or fatalities have been reported so far. 

NBC News reports that areas in the central Plains are still at high risk for flash flooding, as Tuesday’s storm is expected to produce between one and two inches of rain per hour. 

According to AccuWeather, flash flooding in Oklahoma has already led to road and highway closures. 

On the colder side of the storm, snow is falling over Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. NBC News reports that a heavy and wet snow is expected to fall on the states through Wednesday and severe weather is expected to amp back up on Thursday across the Plains. 

AccuWeather also warns that the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions are expected to have severe weather as the weekend approaches.

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