Major severe weather outbreak across parts of the southern and central Plains


An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across parts of the southern and central Plains Thursday afternoon (local time, May 18, 2017) and Thursday evening through the overnight hours.

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and wind damage is expected to develop across parts of the southern and central Plains from this afternoon into this evening and overnight, NOAA Storm Prediction Center warns.


  • Central and southern Kansas
  • Western to northern Oklahoma


  • Numerous tornadoes, several intense and long-track
  • Widespread hail, some baseball size
  • Scattered damaging winds

NOAA Storm Prediction Center Web Briefing – May 18, 2017 – Recorded at 05:22 AM CDT

Some strong, long-lived tornadoes are expected, along with hail to near 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, over parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains.

Damaging gusts and sporadic hail also are expected across parts of the lower Great Lakes region to western New England this afternoon and early evening.

Severe Weather Outlook - NWS SPC - May 18, 2017

Preparedness actions

Review your severe weather safety procedures for the possibility of dangerous weather today. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio,, or other media for watches and warnings.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form during the next several hours. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, move to a place of safety, ideally in a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

Featured image: Convective Outlook – 24 hours ending at 14:00 EDT, May 19, 2017. Issued: May 18 at 09:00 EDT


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