Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms expected in the Plains, Midwest

May 1 (UPI) — Forecasters expect three days of severe thunderstorms to hit the Plains and Midwest this week, bringing a possibility of hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

The threat follows severe storms across Texas, Kansas and Nebraska on Monday evening that pelted parts of Nebraska with golf-ball-sized hail.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, severe thunderstorms are expected to drench northern Kansas, southern and eastern Nebraska, western and northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Tuesday night, clusters of storms will likely linger in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and northern Missouri.

Damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes are all possible with the storm system, as well as localized flash flooding in northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Threats will be more severe along a path stretching from Kansas City, Mo., to Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa. There have been no reported tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas so far this season, marking a record in Oklahoma.

Wednesday afternoon, another round of severe thunderstorms will likely hit parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and northwest Texas. Wednesday night the system may push into parts of southeast Nebraska, northern Missouri, Iowa, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and parts of west and southwest Texas.

Very large hail, tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are most likely in a path stretching from Wichita Falls, Texas and Oklahoma City, Okla., to Wichita and Topeka, Kan.

Thursday is expected to bring another round of severe thunderstorms in parts of the Mississippi Valley through the Ozarks to north and central Texas. Severe storms are also expected in parts of the Great Lakes into the Northeast.

Cities in the path of storms Thursday stretch from Dallas to St. Louis to Detroit and on into Syracuse, N.Y.

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