By  – AccuWeather

Another outbreak of severe storms, including tornadoes, that is forecast to begin on Friday will get up to full steam on Saturday over the Central states.

The risk of severe weather will stretch along a swath approximately 1,200 miles long.

According to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker, severe storms will rake the Plains from near the borders of Canada to Mexico on Saturday into Saturday night.

The storms will affect areas from North Dakota and Minnesota to Texas.

“The entire gambit of severe weather is expected, with high wind gusts to 70 mph, very large hail, heavy rainfall and frequent cloud to ground lightning likely in the strongest storms,” Walker said.

“Although not as widespread or numerous last weekend, isolated tornadoes will also be possible,” Walker said.

People spending time outdoors or traveling across Interstate 10, I-20, I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90 and I-94 through Texas and the Plains should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions.

Officials will need to monitor the weather conditions closely for the Major League Baseball game at Kansas City, Missouri, between the Yankees and Royals on Saturday evening.

More continued coverage at AccuWeather: Violent Storms to Threaten 1,200-Mile Swath of Central US Saturday

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By  – AccuWeather

A potent storm system will ignite yet another round of severe weather across the U.S. on Monday, this time from Michigan to Texas.

After violent thunderstorms rattled the Plains both days of the weekend, the threat zone will shift eastward to start the new week.

Places from southern lower Michigan to southern Texas will be at greatest risk for severe weather Monday into Monday evening.

“The area of low pressure that caused so much weather havoc the last few days will lift north into the Great Lakes region on Monday,” stated Meteorologist Becky Elliott.

“As it does, it will send a cold front through the midsection of the country,” Elliott added. This front will be the focal point for the violent thunderstorms.

Continue coverage at AccuWeather: Severe Storms to Target Texas to Michigan Monday

By Becky Elliott – AccuWeather

The central and southern Plains will continue to be pummeled by strong storms for the next several days, but the most potent severe weather threat is likely to be during the Mother’s Day weekend.

Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding are threats each afternoon this week.

“This will be an active pattern for the Plains this week,” said Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity.

The active pattern looks to intensify even further as we head into the weekend. May is the peak of tornado season for Tornado Alley, so this outbreak will not be unusual for this time of year.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andrew Gagnon, “A potent upper-level storm system will move into the central and southern Plains Saturday afternoon.”

All of the ingredients will be in place for Saturday to unfold as one of the most substantial severe weather outbreaks of 2015.

More continued coverage at AccuWeather: Kansas to Texas Face Severe Weather Outbreak, Tornadoes This Weekend

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Tornado Myths

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

There are many myths about tornadoes. Do any of these sound familiar?

MYTH: If a tornado is approaching, opening windows will equalize pressure and prevent your house from exploding.

REALITY: This tornado myth is based on the assumption that a tornado’s low pressure is the most destructive feature which causes a house or building to ‘explode’. Instead, most damage is actually caused by the tornado’s strong winds and flying debris. Opening windows won’t save your home, and it will reduce the amount of time you have to take cover. When it comes to severe weather, every second counts, so forget the windows and take shelter immediately.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Tornado Myths

By  – AccuWeather

Severe weather will shift to the western Gulf Coast on Monday, becoming replaced by a chilly rain and wind in the southern Plains.

Monday’s severe weather will follow the violent thunderstorms that will target Dallas and Oklahoma City to end the weekend.

While these cities will turn cooler to start the new week, the severe weather threat zone will center on Houston and College Station, Texas and Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Monday will bring a one-two punch of strong storms to southeastern Texas and Louisiana,” stated Meteorologist Becky Elliott.

“A squall line looks to move through [southeastern Texas and western Louisiana] in the morning hours and could produce damaging winds and torrential downpours,” she continued.

In addition to the potential for some tree damage and power outages, those in Houston will be faced with a slower commute with possible delays to both air and ground travel.

Downpours accompanying the squall line would dramatically reduce visibility and cause water to pond on roadways, heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.

In the wake of the squall line, Elliott added “Residents of southeastern Texas and Louisiana should not let their guard down though as storms are likely to develop late in the afternoon.”

“The environment holds the right ingredients for these storms to produce strong winds, large hail and an isolated tornado or two.”

Continued coverage at AccuWeather: Severe Weather Shifts to Houston, New Orleans on Monday


By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Have you ever wondered when is ‘tornado season’ for different parts of the country?

Tornado season occurs at different times for different regions of the United States. The season typically shifts northward from early spring into the mid summer months.

The important thing to remember is that a tornado can happen any time of the year if the conditions are right.

That said, the following regions of the United States will experience ‘tornado season’ during these months:

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Tornado Season