Central US Severe Weather
March 20, 2012 by staff
Central US Severe Weather, Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.
The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. The twister damaged several homes, trapping some people inside their mobile homes, but no fatalities were reported, according to The San Antonio Express-News.
The fresh crop of storms comes after two tornadoes damaged homes and railcars in North Platte, Neb., on Sunday. The EF3 twister with winds up to 165 mph injured four people.
Flooding remains a serious concern across the affected areas.
Eight inches of rain was expected in southeastern Kansas, which has been unusually dry for nearly a year. The area has had less than three-fourths of the precipitation it typically gets since last April, state climatologist Mary Knapp said.
The weather service said some low-lying areas experienced flash floods, including along the Marmaton River at Fort Scott, Kan. Forecasters said the river would likely exceed flood stage later Tuesday, but drop again Thursday when the rain subsides.
In Arkansas, emergency management officials readied teams to respond to flash floods, and the U.S. Forest Service closed campsites, exercising caution after 20 people died in a flash flood at a remote campground in 2010.
Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., said the slow-moving storm was expected to stall over the area, dumping up to 12 inches of rain in isolated areas.
“When rain falls in those terrain areas” – especially the hills and valleys – “it’s quickly funneled into small rivers and streams,” said B.J. Simpson, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “Those are the most dangerous areas.”
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