Thunderstorms were wasting no time firing up over the Plains Wednesday, where a major severe weather outbreak is getting underway.
The storms bring a risk of not only large hail, damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning strikes, but also a number of tornadoes. The pattern favors large tornadoes that could be on the ground for an extended period of time.
The severe weather outbreak is forecast to continue Thursday and Friday, while shifting slowly to the east.
A separate severe thunderstorm area is affecting part of the Northeast during Wednesday ahead of a zone of building heat.
1:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A funnel cloud was reported 5 miles north of Bird City, Kan.
1:22 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Thunderstorm winds gusted to 60 mph and brought down 4- to 5-inch-thick tree limbs in Borger, Texas.
11:41 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Golf ball-sized hail fell near Ogden, Iowa.
11:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Thunderstorm winds gusted to 62 mph in Willmar, Minn.
11:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Quarter-sized hail fell 7 miles south of Ravenna, Neb.
9:51 a.m. CDT Wednesday:Hail 1.00 inch in diameter fell near Franklin, Neb.
9:21 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Golf ball-sized hail fell on Plymouth, Neb.
8:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 6.40 inches of rain fell near Nemaha, Kan., since Tuesday afternoon.