A severe weather outbreak is heating up across the south-central United States, and it will continue to spread across the central United States into Thursday. Extreme thunderstorms have already unleashed hail as large as baseballs and flooding rainfall in West Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon.
Law enforcement confirmed a tornado moved from Howardwick to Alanreed, Texas, which is east of Amarillo, Texas. Multiple other preliminary tornadoes have been reported across the region.
More storms battered Texas as residents in Houston, Texas took to social media to show their submerged cars after the storms unleashed flash flooding.
Officials performed a water rescue in Rose Hill, Kansas on Tuesday afternoon to save a person who drove through floodwaters.
Hail the size of baseballs and larger will continue to threaten severe damage to property and vehicles.
National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado watch for most of western Texas, northwestern Oklahoma and southern Kansas that will continue into Tuesday night. The Texas Panhandle is the region where the most intense storms are expected.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is on the ground in the Texas Panhandle reporting on the storm activity. As of Tuesday afternoon, Timmer has reported super cell activity.
Meanwhile, heavy rain inundates the Houston area. Multiple social media users have reported flooded local streets. Flood watches and warnings have been issued throughout the region. Numerous roads and buildings have reported flooding Tuesday afternoon.
The powerful storms are disrupting power lines in regions across Texas. As of Tuesday afternoon, over 20,000 customers were without power throughout the state, PowerOutage.us reports.
Airports in Houston and Dallas have reported delays and cancellations. Houston Bush International Airport has reported over 350 delays on Tuesday.
On Tuesday night, the storms will consolidate into a line and move eastward through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. These storms will produce heavy rainfall and damaging winds, possibly exceeding 60 mph with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 70 mph. There can even be a few tornadoes as well, especially in the Texas Panhandle.
By Wednesday morning, there will be an ongoing complex of storms across Texas and Oklahoma that will continue to produce damaging winds and flooding rain. This line will eventually begin to fall apart as the morning progresses.
SOURCE: Amanda Schmidt and Brian Lada, AccuWeather