A massive storm system stretching from Texas up to Minnesota was moving northeast on Sunday when it spawned several tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa, causing damage and injuries. A trailer park community located near Oklahoma City was struck by a twister that flattened homes and sent residents running for cover. At least four tornadoes touched down in the state of Oklahoma Sunday, injuring a couple dozen people.
The large system also dropped hail the size of softballs and heavy rain as it marched across the country’s mid-section Sunday. In the central portion of Oklahoma, homes were ripped off their foundations, powerlines were down and trees were torn out of the ground. The Twin Lakes area outside Wellston saw some of the worst damage that roared through Sunday afternoon, prompting the governor of Oklahoma to declare a state of emergency for that county as well as for fifteen others.
A tornado was also spotted south of Wichita late Sunday which put that city and the surrounding areas under a tornado warning. The twister took down some power lines and damaged a few homes but no massive damages were reported nor were there any injuries. There were also tornadoes spotted on the ground near Udall and Emporia, KS.
The weather forecast is not looking good for the mid part of the country early this week. Forecasters are warning that there very well could be more tornadoes as well as large hail and damaging winds as the low pressure system in the Plains will keep things very unstable and stormy as we head into the new work week. The threat for bad weather including tornadoes will move its way into the Great Lakes area by late Monday or early Tuesday where large hail and damaging winds are also possible.
May is usually a very active tornado month in the US but this year it’s been quite slow. However, there was a deceptively quiet beginning to the tornado season in 2011 but that season ended up being one of the most deadly on record. The Joplin, MO tornadoes and those which touched down in several other states resulted in May 2011 being above average with over 300 tornadoes being reported, 178 deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars worth of damages.