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Severe Storms and Heavy Rainfall From the Plains to the Carolinas

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Thursday afternoon across the central and southern High Plains as well Virginia into the eastern Carolinas. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall leading to isolated instances of flash flooding. Heavy rain will also be possible for parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Read More >


An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from the Texas Panhandle/western Oklahoma northward into southwest and central Kansas and into the Upper Midwest occurred during the afternoon to evening hours of 16 May 2017. Several supercells developed over southwest into central Kansas with one of these storms resulting in several tornado reports. An initial tornado with this storm occurred south-southeast of Minneola shortly before 6 pm CDT and was rated EF1 with a path length of 4 miles. A second, EF3 tornado started shortly before 8 pm CDT 4 miles east of Larned in Pawnee County and tracked a total of 27 miles across Pawnee into Barton Counties before lifting northwest of Hoistington in Barton County at 840 pm CDT.


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