18 tornadoes reported in 5 US states, grape size hail in Texas, flash floods in parts

May 22, 2019 1:24 PM |

The United States has been hit by not one or two but 18 tornadoes in the five states of Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, and Arkansas. Moreover, grape sized hailstorm was also seen in Texas resulting in at least 124 damage reports.

A tornado during the afternoon hours had hit parts of Southwest Oklahoma in Mangum. Damage was reported to roofs of houses along with which an agriculture barn of a high school was also destroyed. However, no loss of livestock was reported.

Winds were also reported to be strong and were gusting up to 145 kmph in the north of the city of Oklahoma.

Not only this, an emergency of flash floods was issued north of Tulsa when rains as high as 8 inches were observed. Flood alert has also been stretched over areas right from Texas to North Dakota.

Eastern regions of Missouri, Kansas as well as Oklahoma may see some heavy rainfall activity.

More tornadoes are in store tonight as well, but these are expected to be not as strong as the previous ones.

This season is the time for tornado formation wherein the temperatures are high. This time, frontal weather is responsible for these weather activities. In fact, passage of frontal weather which means, warm front was followed by cold front. Thus, large variations in temperatures were observed along with instability of weather conditions.

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