Violent thunderstorms will increase from Colorado to Texas this afternoon, threatening lives and property. The danger will persist into the evening hours.
The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning blinding downpours and even tornadoes.
"Thunderstorms will develop through the afternoon across eastern Colorado and western Kansas," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski said. "This is the area that AccuWeather.com meteorologists are most concerned for tornadoes to touch down."
"Additionally, more severe thunderstorms and tornadoes will ignite in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, near the Red River, into this evening. This includes the Dallas area," Pydynowski said.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)
5:28 p.m. CDT:
PIC - Here is a picture of the tornado reported earlier near Lindsay, TX west of Gainesville. #txwx #texomawx pic.twitter.com/Kz5dKgarro— DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner) May 9, 2015
5:10 p.m. CDT: A large tornado was reported near Magnum, Texas, at 4:55 p.m. CDT a National Weather Service trained spotter reports.
4:48 p.m. CDT: Confirmed tornado on the ground in Cisco, TX.
Cisco tornado #txwx pic.twitter.com/or0KP7yq9I— Brian (@BrianKhoury) May 9, 2015
4:39 p.m. CDT: Flooding reported in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
@breakingweather it's flooding in chickasha ok pic.twitter.com/Vd3AceCr19— charla salyer (@charlarocks) May 9, 2015
4:34 p.m. CDT:
428pm Tornado Warning for Eastland Co. until 515pm. Seek shelter if in the path of this storm! Hail 3" in diameter possible too! #abilene— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) May 9, 2015
3:55 p.m. CDT:Walnut-sized hail reported in Throckmorton, TX, law enforcement reports.