Tornado Forecast: NOAA issues a rare ‘high risk’ warning for long-term intense tornadoes

Some tornadoes can last even after dark and into the overnight hours.

Potentially intense and historic tornadoes are forecast for Oklahoma and other nearby states on Monday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma issued the highest possible severe weather warning for multiple intense, long tornadoes Monday afternoon and evening.

Some tornadoes may last after dark and into the overnight hours. Nighttime tornadoes are very dangerous.

This is the first “high risk” designation for severe storms this year and the first in Oklahoma since 2019.

The forecast for Tornado Alley includes the potential for significant severe storms from Nebraska to Texas, especially in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Storms are expected to emerge and eventually, possibly quickly, form a line of supercells marching eastward, with all forms of severe weather possible.

Multiple strong tornadoes with giant hail the size of softballs are possible. The destructive thunderstorms could produce wind speeds of up to 130 km per hour.

At 3:00 PM ET, storms will pop up from Nebraska to Kansas – from Kearney, Nebraska to Hays, Kansas.

Storms are likely to quickly explode in size once they form and will initially “come out of nowhere,” so everyone should be alert, especially in the locations where the storms form.

Tornado watches will likely be issued before storms develop. People will have to be prepared for anything quickly when they are issued.

An “extremely dangerous situation” tornado watch has been issued until 12:00 PM ET for parts of south-central Kansas (including Wichita), much of Oklahoma (including OKC) and far northern Texas (including Wichita Falls).

At 6:00 PM ET, the storms will begin and grow rapidly from Nebraska to central Oklahoma. Strong and long-range tornadoes are possible at this time, including giant hail up to softball size.

The storms will continue to move eastward at 8:00 PM ET, now moving into the battered area of ​​Beatrice, Nebraska along with Wichita Kansas.

More storms are possible around 12 ET, east of Oklahoma City, an area devastated by tornadoes in late April. A line of storms will then form from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Joplin, Missouri, to Kansas City, Missouri, with all forms of severe weather possible.

The line continues east at night, eventually dying out when it reaches Paducah, Kentucky, at dawn.

New energy will bring new chances for storms on Tuesday and Wednesday.