Tornadoes were reported north and west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area Monday afternoon as severe weather, with a few tornado warnings, swept through the state.
According to the National Weather Service, the Tornado watches covered part of Texas, from the San Antonio area to the Oklahoma border, including Dallas.
A tornado was confirmed in Bowie and significant damage was reported in Jacksboro, including Jacksboro High School and the Jacksboro Animal Shelter, NBC DFW reported about the community about 80 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
No injuries were reported immediately.
Most of North and Central Texas is under a tornado and severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.
Meteorologists were particularly concerned about Monday’s evening rush hour along the I-35 corridor in Texas.
About 22 million people are at risk from severe storms Monday across Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, including for possible overnight tornadoes that occur after dark, forecasters said.
Nighttime tornadoes are two and a half times more deadly than their daytime counterparts, largely to people who are sleeping and can’t afford to be woken up by warnings.
Severe weather conditions are expected during the first half of the week. Forecasters warn of potential tornadoes, electrical thunderstorms, softball-sized hail and winds over 60 mph through Wednesday for much of the southern and mid-Atlantic.
On Sunday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center posted a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms (a threat level of 4 on a scale of 5) for Tuesday. The last time such a high threat level was issued this far in advance was before the Easter Sunday outbreak of April 12, 2020. This outbreak produced 16 EF3 and EF4 tornadoes.
Snow fell Monday afternoon in Colorado and Kansas along the northern side of the system, with forecasts calling for between 4 and 10 inches and whiteout conditions.
On Tuesday night, 10 million people are at risk of severe storms in what is expected to be the most dangerous of three days with a possible regional tornado outbreak. The storms will continue into the morning and continue into the night.
Cities to watch closely include Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, Tuscaloosa and Mobile, Alabama. Several large tornadoes are possible with large hail and strong winds, and overnight tornadoes are expected to be a risk again Tuesday evening.
By Wednesday, the storm system is expected to track east, again bringing the risk of all serious hazards to 25 million people in northern Florida across much of southeast and central Florida. ‘Atlantic. Cities to watch midweek include Atlanta, Tallahassee, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina.
In addition to severe thunderstorms, flash flooding is also a concern in the same regions that expect severe thunderstorms.
Rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour could locally reach 6-7 inches in some locations. The ground in many areas is already quite saturated and the streams are already high.
The greatest risk of flash flooding through Monday evening is in eastern Texas to northwest Louisiana. The biggest risk on Tuesday and Tuesday night is in eastern Louisiana, central Mississippi and Alabama.
It can be difficult for meteorologists to communicate and respond to the dual danger of severe weather and flash flooding, as simultaneous tornado and flash flood warnings have conflicting recommendations on what to do in the event of a storm. ‘episode. For tornadoes, this action consists of taking shelter underground. For flash floods, this action moves to higher ground.
Meteorologists encouraged anyone in the storms’ path to review their severe weather plan, stay alert and listen to meteorologists and officials provide vital information. This includes having a way to get warnings, like turning on emergency alerts and notifications on smartphones, or having a NOAA weather radio.