Nearly 20 tornadoes spun up across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas on May 18, 2017. Fortunately, the Storm Prediction Center issued a high risk for severe weather with an emphasis on large tornadoes the day before. People were prepared, and of all the severe weather across the country — from Texas to Maine — only one injury was reported. Find WeatherSphere elsewhere on the internet: http://www.weathersphere.com http://www.facebook.com/weathersphere Download the Storm Shield App: iPhone: http://bit.ly/stormshieldapp-ios30 Android: http://bit.ly/stormshieldapp-android Phone Call Alerts: http://bit.ly/stormshield-phonecall
Tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds spanned from the Plains to Maine on Thursday.
There were nearly 20 tornadoes across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. And according to initial reports, there were between roughly 350 and 500 severe weather reports in all.
Depending on the final count after National Weather Service teams assess the damages, Thursday will likely become the third or fourth most active severe weather day of the year.
None of this came as a surprise, however. The Storm Prediction Center issued a high risk warning first thing in the morning for the first time this year.
Despite the widespread damages, only one person was hurt and no one died as a result of the nasty weather.
That could be in part thanks to the advanced warning and weather apps like Storm Shield that can alert users as soon as a warning is issued.
The same storm system is expected to move east in the next couple of days, and as it does, it will continue to weaken, which means chances of severe storms will be nearly non-existent by Sunday.
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