Millions across Oklahoma, southern Kansas at risk of tornadoes and storms

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Millions across Oklahoma, southern Kansas at risk of tornadoes and storms

Millions of people in the central United States are expected to be prepared for severe weather on Monday, which could bring baseball-sized hail, hurricane-force winds, and long-track tornadoes, according to forecasters. Parts of Kansas and a large portion of Oklahoma, including Sulphur and Holdenville, which are still recovering from the tornado that occurred last month, are considered high risk zones. Four people died and hundreds went without electricity at the time due to the terrible weather.

Rare ‘high risk’ issued for Oklahoma, Kansas

Nearly 10 million people live in the areas under threat of severe weather conditions, according to the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, as a rare "high risk" warning has been issued for central Oklahoma and southern Kansas. All after-school activities were canceled by public schools in Oklahoma and other metro area districts in response to the alert. "We can only designate this as the greatest category of threat. The deputy director of the Storm Prediction Center, Bill Bunting, stated that today should be taken quite seriously. According to the Associated Press, Bunting issued a warning, stating that this kind of notice is not "seen every day or every spring." Additional cities that are anticipated to see extreme weather include Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri.

The publication also reports that in the wake of the catastrophic storms last weekend, Oklahoma's State Emergency Operations Center, which manages storm response from a bunker close to the state Capitol, is still in operation. On Monday, the majority of state employees throughout the state were instructed to leave early by the state's commissioner of public safety. The last time a "high risk" was issued was March 31, 2023. At the time, Arkansas, Illinois, and rural Indiana were among the regions of the Midwest and South that were completely destroyed by a huge storm. The tornado watch and severe alert conditions on Monday are the "worst in five years," according to Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter of AccuWeather.

Porter said that the thunderstorms might create winds of above 80 mph. If you look at a meteorology textbook about how to get a large tornado outbreak in the southern Plains, all the ingredients you need are here today, Porter said. Often, these "supercell" storms produce devastating tornadoes. Porter stated, "These are the tornadoes that sometimes can last for 45 minutes or an hour, even more, creating paths of destruction as they move along." The tornadoes that this storm is capable of producing are exceptionally strong and have the potential to last for a long period.