Significant Tornado Outbreak Likely Today, Prepare Now

By: hurricaneben , 1:23 PM GMT on April 14, 2012

It's pretty rare that I back away from the tropical spectrum in my posts, but this time it's worth it. The SPC has highlighted portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and E Nebraska 'high', the second time they did so this year (the other time was in early March, where a widespread episode of strong tornadoes and severe weather killed at least 40 people and caused over $1.5 billion USD in damage in a line from Alabama to Indiana). So, you definitely know that things could get bad. Prepare all you can now, if you live in OK/KS/NE. Long tracked, violent tornadoes are a disturbingly high possibility and the threat doesn't end there--large, damaging hail, torrential downpours, possible flash flooding and destructive wind gusts in excess of 70 MPH will prove a scary ride for those who are traveling in the area. This is all thanks to warm, unstable atmosphere and a developing area of low pressure. Stay tuned to your local TV and radio for more information and possible activation(s) of the Emergency Alert System or some other random source of public information.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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