Wednesday's Weather Word: Severe Storm

Posted May 18, 2017

Other threats could also be small hail, an isolated tornado, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning.

The tornadoes, some of them still unverified a day later, touched down in five states: Wisconsin and Oklahoma, which each had one death and about 40 homes destroyed, and Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. Very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. The Storm Prediction Center, which specializes in forecasting and gathering data on tornadoes, says that high winds during a tornado can rip a mobile home without a foundation from its moorings.

Locally, Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus says plan on some heat in the metro Detroit area Wednesday. But, the big show still looks to be that night when the main storm center aloft will be in a better position to produce a more widespread line of storms.

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Dickinson County emergency management coordinator Mike Ehret said storm damage was limited to the western quarter of the county, where winds gusted in excess of 80 miles per hour. Scattered storms start popping around 2 southeastern Nebraska, continuing to move north and east into western Iowa.

There is a difference between a severe thunderstorm and your typical afternoon pop-up thunderstorm we see a lot during the summer.

The chance for severe weather exists late Thursday night and again on Friday, but it's still too early to pinpoint the timing and location of the individual storms.

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Stay tuned for important updates and make sure your severe weather safety plans are ready to go.

Showers and storms are likely Wednesday with a gusty south wind. Severe weather also continues at times the rest of the work week.

Some strong and possibly severe storms are expected to hit the Stateline this afternoon and evening.

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Several tornado warnings were issued as severe thunderstorms moved east across western Wisconsin.