SPC: Tornado outbreak 'likely' Saturday between Salina and Oklahoma City
04/13/2012 7:59 AM
04/13/2012 4:07 PM
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has raised the threat level for severe weather Saturday to ‘high’ for portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, with officials predicting “a high-end life-threatening event.”
The ‘high’ zone stretches from Salina to Oklahoma City and includes the Wichita metropolitan area.
Atmospheric conditions “will be very favorable for severe storms and a tornado outbreak will be likely across the southern and central Plains from late Saturday afternoon lasting through the evening and into the overnight period,” an SPC statement warns.
A ‘moderate’ risk zone stretches from Pratt to east of El Dorado and includes portions of southern Iowa and northern Texas.
Make preparations to seek shelter on short notice Saturday afternoon and evening, and monitor weather conditions and updates closely.
AccuWeather Vice President Mike Smith has his own weather blog, and here’s his latest post about Saturday.
Large hail and damaging winds can also be expected from these supercell thunderstorms.
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