North Texas, Oklahoma and the southern Mississippi River Valley are increasingly at risk for a severe outbreak through tonight with severe winds and hail the most damaging perils. Expansion of the area of moderate risk and significantly severe wind and hail threats now include the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex as well as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK.
In contrast to recent events, the main perils of risk are extreme wind and large hail rather than tornado in this event. The main perils of risk in order of severity and coverage:
- widespread damaging winds with some gusts in excess of 75 mph in supercell thunderstorms, emerging into a straight line wind threat later this evening
- large hail in excess of 2”
- a few isolated tornadoes before supercell thunderstorms merge into a large line of storms overnight
- activity will continue into tomorrow across the Southeastern US with a slight risk of severe weather, with predominantly elevated wind gusts being the dominant threat Wednesday.
- Official watches and warnings, and statements from emergency management agencies supersede this update, and should be closely followed concerning matters of personal safety.
- Updated statements from the SPC can be found at www.spc.noaa.gov.
- Local watches and warnings can be found at www.weather.gov for U.S. locations.