By Brian Lada
The worst severe weather outbreak so far this year will erupt on Sunday with the greatest tornado danger focusing in and around Missouri and Arkansas.
People from eastern Texas to central Iowa should pay close attention to Sunday’s weather as storms develop and strengthen with damaging winds, large hail, frequent lightning and destructive tornadoes.
The thunderstorms erupting on Sunday morning are primarily producing damaging winds and hail.
These thunderstorms forced officials to delay the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday morning.
The threat for thunderstorms to spawn tornadoes will increase through the afternoon from southeastern Nebraska and southern Iowa to Missouri to Arkansas to northeastern Texas and northern Louisiana.
Cities within this zone include Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City, Jefferson City, Joplin and Springfield, Mo.; Jonesboro and Little Rock, Ark.; Shreveport, La.; and Tyler, Texas.
If you have plans to spend any time in the outdoors, you should pay close attention to the forecast and fast-changing weather conditions so you don’t get stuck in the middle of a severe thunderstorm.
Now would be a good time to review tornado safety measures and make a plan in case you are impacted by one of these severe storms.
The worst of the storms will develop on Sunday afternoon and into the evening hours with the greatest risk of tornadoes centered around the state of Arkansas and Missouri.
Some tornadoes that develop in this area could be long-lived, tracking on the ground for many miles before the storm weakens and the twister lifts off the ground.
An added danger will accompany the storms as they continue into Sunday night with the cover of darkness making it difficult to see a storm as it approaches.
AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center
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The Difference Between Tornado Watches, Warnings
It is important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
A tornado watch means that conditions are conducive to the development of thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado. Meanwhile, a warning means that a tornado is imminent or may already be on the ground.
If you find yourself in a tornado warning, you should take shelter until the storm has passed and the tornado warning has been lifted.
The threat for severe weather will slowly shift eastward heading into the start of this week, stretching from Alabama to Ohio on both Monday and Tuesday.
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