More than 72 million Americans are at risk of severe weather.
Yet another outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes is possible Tuesday afternoon and evening in the central USA.
“The atmosphere is prime for tornadoes from northern Texas to Arkansas,” AccuWeather meteorologist Henry Margusity said. “The setup is the same as yesterday, but just farther south.”
More than 72 million Americans are at risk of severe weather Tuesday, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
Dallas, Shreveport, Little Rock and Memphis are among the cities that lie within the area of greatest severe storm and tornado risk, AccuWeather meteorologist Meghan Evans said.
It may be related to the recent string of X-flares
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX 314 PM CDT TUE MAY 21 2013 BURNET TX- 314 PM CDT TUE MAY 21 2013 …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM CDT FOR NORTHERN BURNET COUNTY… AT 309 PM CDT…NWS METEOROLOGISTS CONTINUED TO DETECT A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LAKE VICTOR…OR 10 MILES NORTH OF BURNET…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE LAKE VICTOR… SUNNYLANE…WATSON AND U.S. HIGHWAY 281 NORTH OF BURNET. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER… PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
Warning States Arkansas
* AT 320 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING A TORNADO 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
HARRISBURG…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
HARRISBURG…MARKED TREE AND TRUMANN.
THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A STORM SHELTER. IF NO
STORM SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE
BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE
BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM
IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.
More ‘devastating’ tornadoes possible on Tuesday, forecasters warn
The greatest tornado threat will exist in northeast Texas, far southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas and northwest Louisiana. A few strong tornadoes are possible in those states. On Tuesday afternoon The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Bowie County, Texas, which borders Arkansas in the northeast part of the state.
Roth said that cities including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Shreveport, Texarkana and Little Rock were among the cities “close to the the larger tornado threat.”
A tornado watch was issued for Dallas-Fort Worth as well as all of north and central Texas until 8 p.m. ET. The Dallas zoo closed Tuesday afternoon due to the forecast. Strong wind gusts have been reported in the area but so far no tornadoes.
“Another day of large and devastating tornadoes is possible this time from central/east Texas into central Arkansas,” Roth said.