Uncommon ‘high risk’ alert issued: Central U.S. prepares for ‘substantial’ tornado activity.

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    Monday saw forecasters issuing ominous alerts for a substantial tornado outbreak poised to strike the central United States, potentially affecting millions across regions stretching from Texas to the Dakotas.

    Jennifer Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, emphasized the gravity of the situation: “We are bracing for a significant severe weather event.”

    The Storm Prediction Center echoed these concerns, highlighting the imminent threat of severe weather including numerous powerful and long-lasting tornadoes, large hail, and intense thunderstorm gusts. This severe weather episode is projected to unfold across portions of the south-central Plains from afternoon into the evening hours.

    Of particular note is the rare “high risk” warning issued by the Center for sections of Oklahoma and Kansas, encompassing the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Such warnings are reserved for the most severe weather scenarios, underscoring the urgency of preparedness measures.

    This sobering forecast comes just one week after a tornado outbreak claimed the lives of four individuals in Oklahoma.

    In a scene captured near Hawley, Texas, a tornado swirls menacingly as vehicles navigate U.S. 277. Reports of damage emerged from Hawley, accompanied by hailstones as large as baseballs.



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