An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, is threatening lives and property across multiple states on the Plains.
The threat zone stretches along a swath that is approximately 1,200 miles long from North Dakota and western Minnesota to Texas.
This outbreak will bring all facets of severe weather, including damaging winds, hail, blinding downpours and tornadoes.
The tornado risk is greatest from south-central Nebraska to western and central Oklahoma and neighboring Texas communities. The potential exists for a few tornadoes to be strong and long-tracking.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)
12:50 p.m. CDT Saturday: Report received by NWS observer of half dollar-sized hail in Kress, Texas. The wind-driven hail broke four large home windows.
12:46 p.m. CDT Saturday: Thunderstorms are increasing across the Texas panhandle.
12:40 p.m. CDT Saturday: The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, anticipates the issuance of a tornado watch in the near future.
1240pm - that's the signal for a conference call with the @NWSSPC. Tornado watch coming. #okwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/FkVbZFFzmd— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 16, 2015
12:04 p.m. CDT Saturday: A thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds was located north of Lubbock, Texas, and tracking toward locations in between Silverton and Vigo Park.