A powerful line of thunderstorms threatens to cause significant damage as it plows across the central United States through Saturday night.
Damaging winds in excess of 70 mph will cause major tree, power line and structural damage. Flooding downpours, very large hail and even a few destructive tornadoes are also anticipated.
Cities at risk for severe weather to begin the holiday weekend include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas; Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.
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As of 5:20 p.m. CDT, there is a possible tornado in Keokuk County, Iowa. National Weather Service spotters reported a funnel cloud.
As of 4:20 p.m. CDT, conditions are favorable for significant tornadoes to develop near northeast Oklahoma and the Kansas border toward northwest Arkansas.
Sig Tornado parameter maximized along outflow boundary near northeast OK/KS border toward northwest AR. Scary indices @breakingweather pic.twitter.com/1ZXxXZvJ2o
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 27, 2017
As of 3:01 p.m. CDT Saturday, confirmed tornado near Lebanon, Missouri.
Emergency management in Laclede County, Missouri, confirmed reports of damage due to severe weather.
Radar also confirmed debris was lofted from a tornado just north of Twin Bridges, Missouri, as of 3:05 p.m. CDT.
As of 1:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, softball-sized hail has been reported south of Garden City, Missouri. Huge hail, larger than four inches, has also been spotted in Adrian, Missouri.
HUGE HAIL. This is from the storm that went through Adrian, Mo at 1 PM: https://t.co/IE1jBxbVYv pic.twitter.com/CX8uO1KRhD
— KMBC (@kmbc) May 27, 2017
More large hail out of Adrian, MO, 4+"! Pics courtesy of @KCTV5 viewer Kris Saathoff. pic.twitter.com/miodHwhfXu
— Ronelle Williams (@rnllwilliamswx) May 27, 2017
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Northern Cherokee County in southeastern Kansas, Crawford County in southeastern Kansas and Barton County in southwestern Missouri until 5:15 p.m. CDT Saturday.
Two to three inches of rain has already fallen.
The severe weather outbreak quickly commenced during the early afternoon hours of Saturday from eastern Kansas to Missouri. Substantial golf ball-sized hail pounded a community south of Topeka, Kansas, according to a National Weather Service spotter.