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Reports: Severe storms capable of spawning tornadoes erupt in central US


An expansive area of severe thunderstorms will sweep through the central U.S. through Tuesday night.

The storms will bring the risk of flooding downpours, damaging hail, strong winds and tornadoes to areas from Texas to Wisconsin.

Cities in the threat area for the storms Tuesday night include: Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City; Wichita and Salina, Kansas; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Power outages, downed trees, flooding and flight delays are several of the impacts that the storms could produce.


Large hail, roughly the side of a baseball, has fallen in parts southwest of Bucklin, Kansas.



There are reports of widespread damage in Barron, Wisconsin as well as Cameron, Wisconsin due to a possible tornado. Large hail over 2 inches in diameter has been spotted in the area.



As of 5:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday, a thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is East of Canton, Wisconsin and it is moving east at 35 mph toward Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin.

Downed trees and power lines in Wheeler, Texas suggest a possible tornado is on the ground. Seven to eight power poles snapped, which created a road block. The police department and Texas DOT are now needed for traffic control.


As of 5:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday, a tornado touched down southwest of Mclean, Texas. Scattered large hail pounded the area near the tornado.

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Tornado and hail southwest of McLean, Texas. (Image via Reed Timmer)

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Funnel cloud before the tornado touched down southwest of McLean, Texas. (Image via Reed Timmer)



As of 2:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch for Western Oklahoma the Eastern Texas Panhandle.

Primary threats include several tornadoes, widespread large hail with some very large isolated hail up to 4 inches in diameter and scattered, damaging winds with potential gusts to 75 mph.

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Area under a PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Watch. (Image via NWS)


The NWS Storm Prediction Center has also issued a Tornado Watch for portions of West Central Kansas. The tornado watch area includes surrounding areas of Liberal, Kansas to 80 miles north-northeast of Dodge City, Kansas.

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Tornado Watch issued for this area. (Image via NWS)

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North of Englewood, Kansas before the storm. (Image via Mike Smith, AccuWeather Meteorologist and Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive)