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Severe Storms Prowl the Plains Again

A new week is under way over the Plains and unfortunately, another round of severe weather is unfolding, including the risk of tornadoes.

The overall storm system projected to bring the violent storms to the Plains is not as intense, nor as slow-moving as that of last week. However, the system is strong enough to threaten lives and property, including some of the same areas hit hard by last week's destructive and deadly storms.

Spotty severe thunderstorms will fire across the High Plains into Monday evening. The storms will mostly be found from the northern Texas panhandle northward into western Oklahoma, western Kansas and western Nebraska.

During Monday evening cities and towns with the greatest potential for these storms include Lubbock, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Woodward, Okla.; Liberal, Kan.; Garden City, Kan.; Goodland, Kan.; North Platte, Neb. and Valentine, Neb.

During Tuesday and Wednesday the greatest risk of severe weather will settle slowly southeastward. The storms may focus over Kansas and northern and western Oklahoma late Tuesday, then over central and southeastern Oklahoma by late Wednesday.

The greatest impacts from these storms will be large hail and strong wind gusts. A couple of the strongest storms could produce a tornado.

The chance for a tornado will be quite low, and if a tornado does develop, it will most likely be short-lived and only capable of minor damage.

Hail as large as golf balls or tennis balls can injure or kill exposed livestock or people, and can dent vehicles and crack windshields. Hail of this size can also cause considerable damage to crops and vegetation.

Wind gusts of 60 mph can cause damage to power poles and snap branches off trees. Loose debris can also be easily picked up, and dust can be lofted into the air, leading to low visibility.

This is not expected to be a major outbreak of severe weather. However, even isolated thunderstorms can wreak havoc on the locations they affect.

If you will be out and about into the evening hours on Monday, keep an eye to the sky, keep an eye on radars on your smart phone and pay attention to weather bulletins.

Once thunderstorms develop, they will strengthen quickly, and dangerous conditions could follow soon after.

Be sure to understand the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that an area is being monitored for dangerous weather. A warning means that dangerous weather is imminent.

Keep in mind that lightning is one of Mother Nature's most dangerous killers. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning, even if the sun is still shining.

More severe thunderstorms are possible again on Tuesday over many of the same locations.

While the situation this week does not favor a broad area of new flooding problems, storms at the local level can cause incidents of flash and urban flooding. Additional rainfall onto area streams and rivers can lead to new rises on the waterways.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content and updated this story Monday midday, June 3, 2013.