Live Blog: Tracking Severe Weather in the Plains/Midwest

By: Shaun Tanner , 6:11 AM GMT on June 03, 2014

A severe weather outbreak is expected from central Nebraska through western Illinois, and this is a live blog to keep you up-to-date. Check back often and for the latest.

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The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the risk of severe weather for parts of the Plains and Midwest. A moderate risk surrounds the high risk area. This is a dangerous situation for Nebraska, Iowa, and surround states.

3:11 PM CT: #Tornado Watches now extend through #NE

4:02 PM CT: There is a chance the #thunderstorms could form a #derecho into the evening.

4:09 PM CT: Very intense rain and strong winds about to move into the Omaha area.

4:26 PM CT: Temperature drop at our weather station in Blair, Nebraska. 16 digs in 10 min.

4:40 PM CT: Skies looking very gloomy over downtown Omaha.

4:42 PM CT: Sirens are being sounded in Crescent, NE due to winds >70 mph.

4:44 PM CT: #Thunderstorm complex now moving through Omaha: very large hail and strong wind.

4:52 PM CT: Confirmed #tornado 8 miles southwest of Ericson, NE. Take cover now!

5:07 PM CT: Seeing multiple reports of tennis ball-sized hail in Blair, #NE. Damage to trees and homes.

5:17 PM CT: Confirmed #tornado 7 miles south of Spalding. Hook echo very evident.

5:23 PM CT: Wild-looking structure with thunderstorm complex east of Omaha.

6:43 PM CT: The Omaha airport has been closed for 2 hours as they are experiencing flash flooding on entrance and exit roads into the terminal.

8:56 PM CT: Supercells in western #KS now firing off #Tornado Warnings.

9:09 PM CT: Large areas of NE, IA, and MO seeing effects of severe thunderstorms.

9:13 PM CT: Omaha Airport has now reopened after severe weather closure.

9:16 PM CT: NWSOmaha: Roughly 4.60" of rainfall at Eppley Airport so far and still raining.

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8. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:11 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
shauntanner has created a new entry.
7. mamamia88
3:38 AM GMT on June 04, 2014
How's it looking around Maryville, Mo?
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6. vmb1321
10:44 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
in the image near Ericson, is that little bubble of low reflectivity towards the southern edge a hail spike or was that the tornado itself? or was it just a glitch of the radar?
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5. vis0
10:20 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
(i have no met. experience ) yet, Keep a look out even through the nite
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4. Globe199
9:10 PM GMT on June 03, 2014

71 dbZ echo NW of Omaha!
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3. Midweststorm
8:32 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
I was reading a bit further into the NWS predictions - Its possible that a Derecho will form out of this line, from that nice mass of storms up there getting ready to cross into Iowa.

Average derecho size puts that thing at possibly hitting me in KC area later this evening. Hope not! Lost power last time I remember one coming through (for 2 days)
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2. n5jjr
8:24 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Thanks SO MUCH!!! This is REALLY helpful! :-)
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1. Midweststorm
8:09 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
I had just checked on this since it was NWS update time - looks like high risk now
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