Twisters Ravage Midwest

Tornado Alley Comes Alive

The pictures and stories coming out of America’s heartland are incredible. A swarm of tornadoes packing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour in spots has left its mark on many Midwest towns.

Hardest hit is Joplin Missouri where a Force 4 or 5 twister has leveled that Show Me State town. I am reading where scores are dead and many unaccounted.

That same Midwest tornado pattern is set in place for the week with our area on the eastern fringe of the severe weather. That means tropical downpours will visit on occasion accompanied by street flooding downpours and power hits from lightning bolts.

This Monday should see a round of gully washing downpours this morning, followed by an afternoon of beautiful tropical skies (towering clouds framed by the squinting May sun).

While the day may well end with a second shower or thunderstorm, odds favor this morning’s action to be the strongest of the day. Josh and Chris will have updates all day long.

Tuesday offers the risk of training downpours (one storm after another) so a Flood Watch is likely. We will stay in contact with our colleagues from the National Weather Service who do such a good job in monitoring our streams and rivers.

Remarkably, this stormy weather pattern will hold into June.

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