October 13, 2012; 5:50 PM
An outbreak of potentially damaging and life-threatening thunderstorms is unfolding across the nation’s midsection from Texas to Iowa and Illinois.
The main threats from these violent storms will be damaging blasts of wind, hail larger than the size of quarters and even a few tornadoes. Blinding rain and localized flooding will also be threats to contend with.
Abilene and Dallas, Texas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., Fayetteville, Ark., Wichita, Kan., Kansas City and Joplin, Mo., Omaha, Neb., Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Rockford, Ill., are among the many communities at risk through this evening.
Late tonight, the severe weather danger will shift eastward to Chicago, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., and Shreveport, La.
For the full story, read about the severe weather danger across the Plains. Check back here for more updates as we follow the developing thunderstorms.
9:51 p.m. CDT According to NWS Fort Worth, amateur radio spotters reported 60-65 mph winds in Grayson County, south and east of Whitesboro in Texas.
8:50 p.m. CDT: Rotation on radar (possible tornado) in Greene County, southwest Missouri, west of Springfield.
8:01 p.m. CDT: Rain-wrapped tornado reported near Caldwell, Texas
7:08 p.m. CDT: Tornado reported by several spotters near Lexington, TX, around 50 miles northeast of Austin.
6:53 p.m. CDT: Tornado threat for Young County, northwest of Dallas, Texas. The rotation is heading for the town of Olney.
6:50 p.m. CDT: Straight line winds of 60-80 mph caused sporadic damage in Jefferson and Carter counties in Oklahoma.
6:26 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorm showing signs of rotation could drop a tornado in the next 20 minutes near St. Jo, Texas.
6:02 p.m. CDT: Saturday night’s tornado threat now extends further east into eastern Okla., southwest Mo., western Ark., including Tulsa, Okla., until midnight CDT.
5:04 p.m. CDT: 70-mph wind gust reported in Wynona, Okla., just northwest of Tulsa.
4:59 p.m. CDT: Radar indicated tornado sighted eight miles south of Great Bend, Kan., racing northeastward toward Ellinwood and Claflin.
4:48 p.m. CDT: A tornado may be taking shape south of Wichita Falls, Texas. This storm is headed eastward toward Henrietta and Jolly.
4:41 p.m. CDT:
4:21 p.m. CDT: Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for Wichita, Kan., until 5:15 p.m., but the worst of the violent thunderstorm that is currently located near Clearwater, Kan., will bypass the city to the southeast.
4:15 p.m. CDT: A powerful thunderstorm crossing Wichita Falls, Texas, produced a 55-mph wind gust.
4:15 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorms rapidly erupting across central Kansas.
3:54 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorm near Ada, Okla., is showing signs of rotation, an indication that a tornado could be forming. This thunderstorm is traveling to the northeast and will pass close to the town of Francis in about 10 to 15 minutes.
3:39 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado was located eight miles northeast of Stamford, Texas, and headed toward Irby, Texas.
3:28 p.m. CDT: The football game between Oklahoma State and Kansas, being played in Lawrence, Kan., has been delayed due to lightning.
3:18 p.m. CDT: A thunderstorm produced a 46-mph wind gust at Oklahoma City, Okla.
3:12 p.m. CDT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for central Kansas until 10 p.m. Salina, Hutchinson and Wichita are among the cities included in this watch box.
2:45 p.m. CDT: A severe thunderstorm pounded an area east of Rochester, Texas, with quarter-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph.
2:42 p.m. CDT: AccuWeather.com meteorologists detected a band of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms headed to Lawrence, Kan., where the Oklahoma State-Kansas football game is currently being played. The rain and thunderstorms should reach Lawrence around the top of the hour.
2:11 p.m. CDT: Damaging thunderstorms winds of nearly 60 mph downed power lines and a store’s sign in Altus, Okla. This severe thunderstorm continues to track to the northeast, set to pass near the communities of Headrick, Mountain Park, Roosevelt and Cooperton.
1:55 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorms are continuing to pound Altus, Okla., where winds recently gusted to 39 mph.
1:40 p.m. CDT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for south-central Texas, including San Angelo and Del Rio. This watch box is in effect until 9 p.m. CDT.
1:29 p.m. CDT: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds and half dollar-sized hail was located northwest of Quanah, Texas, tracking to the northeast. This storm is headed to Eldorado, Okla.
1:13 p.m. CDT: Another severe weather watch box will likely be issued soon from San Angelo, Texas, to the Texas/Mexican border (just north of Del Rio).
1:00 p.m. CDT: Tornado Watch issued for central Oklahoma to west-central Texas until 9:00 p.m. CDT. Cities in this watch include Enid, Oklahoma City, Lawton and Fort Sill, Okla., and Wichita Falls and Abilene, Texas.
12:56 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorms beginning to fire from the southwestern corner of Oklahoma to northwestern Texas, near Sweetwater. None of these thunderstorms are severe, but that will change soon.
12:50 p.m.: Conditions are becoming ripe for severe thunderstorms from southwestern Oklahoma to near Midland, Texas. A severe thunderstorm watch box may be issued soon.