MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Today marks the first High Risk Outlook issued by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) since May 18th, 2017. This High Risk event also lands on the anniversary of the devastating EF5 tornado that struck Moore, OK in 2013.
All severe levels are maxed out today in anticipation of developing strong isolated supercells this afternoon/evening. These supercells will have the potential of developing large long lived tornadoes, hail the size of softballs, wind gust of 80 plus miles per hour and areas of flash flooding.
The highest risk for tornadoes lies between Lamesa, TX stretching roughly 400 miles to Oklahoma City, OK and as far north as Woodward, OK and as far south as Wichita Falls, TX.
Schools in the highest risk levels are taking the threat serious by closing and canceling after school activities for today May 20th.
As of this morning, the SPC has issued a severe thunderstorm watch across the Texas Panhandle for ongoing thunderstorms. More thunderstorms are expected to develop in this are as the warm front continues. The other areas to focus on this afternoon into the evening will be along the dry line and within the warm sector.
Today could potentially be a memorable outbreak of severe weather. If you know people in this area make sure they are aware of the threat and are keeping all eyes on the weather this afternoon May 20th.