Severe storms and tornadoes possible in nation's midsection

Severe storms and tornadoes possible in nation's midsection

"Clusters or lines of storms will likely evolve from this activity and could move into portions of eastern Oklahoma Thursday night".

Around 12,000 people are without power near Fort Dodge after storms downed trees across the city. Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister, although details were lacking.

A volatile severe weather setup is still expected Tuesday, with the highest threat east of a Garden City-Liberal line. Shards of glass were flying at them like bullets, Tyson told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Emergency crews responded quickly. The storm timing for central Oklahoma is from 9 2 a.m.

More showers and scattered storms are forecast for Wednesday into Thursday morning, with high temperatures cooling into the 70s on Wednesday and 60s on Thursday.

There was no immediate word on any damage or possible injuries. Storms develop and push into that region of the state from around 5 - 9 p.m.

Lavin believes that the area from southwestern Kansas through western Oklahoma and the northern Texas Panhandle is at greatest risk for being rattled by tornadoes.

Gary Schulz, who owns a rental storage business near the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park, said a twister claimed his business eight years ago but spared it this time around.

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Peak wind speeds in eastern Nebraska included an 85 miles per hour gust at the weather service office in Valley and an 80 miles per hour gust in southwest Papillion.

Sheriff's dispatchers say they're too busy to provide details.

Devin Feuerhelm told KMSP-TV that his sister, Lenna Samuelson, lives in the Wisconsin trailer park with her two daughters, Ashley and Brenna. He estimated the park had around 50 homes.

Several poultry barns at a turkey processing plant across the street were badly damaged, and turkeys could be seen wandering in the debris.

The storms will move east into central Oklahoma overnight.

Scattered tornadoes have been reported in the nation's midsection. Northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin are under the bullseye for a severe weather threat, with damaging wind, large hail, and a few tornadoes all possible.

"Additionally, strong, vertically veering low-level winds will result in large, curved (measurements) indicative of strong tornado potential, especially across the moderate risk area".