Tornadoes touch down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

Saturday, 20 May, 2017

Newscasters, storm chasers and other observers noted huge cloud formations and large hail across the state. Also, a tornado struck a rural area in western Oklahoma, leaving damage in its wake but no immediate reports of injuries.

Video captured on May 18, 2017 near Waynoka, Oklahoma. In other words, storms are likely tomorrow but severe weather is NOT a 'slam dunk.' After tonight's round of spring storms, we'll turn our focus on tomorrow, pinpoint exactly what you can expect. A slight risk is to the east of that area up to Stillwater, Ponca City, Shawnee and Ardmore.

The tornado threat in the Kansas City area will not be as high as it is for areas farther west, but a few tornadoes are possible, especially across eastern Kansas, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.REMEMBER.A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Initial estimates are 70 to 80 miles per hour.

There is a concern in the weather community that high risk days are becoming more common, and that they bust more frequently. May 23 at Andover Central High School. And to the southeast, including Ada, the potential is low. To put it simply: seasonal changes help drive severe weather seasons.

Thursday marks the continuation of a week of destructive storms which have killed at least 2 and injured dozens across the Central U.S., and more severe weather is expected on Friday as well. That area includes Lawton, Altus, Clinton and Woodward.

A "major severe weather outbreak" with "some strong, long-lived tornadoes", is expected Thursday afternoon and evening in parts of northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas, forecasters said.

"The greatest focus for severe storms will be across the western and northwestern portions of Oklahoma", Kurtz said.

The end of the week is bringing another chance for more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

The system also spawned several tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas.

In the Tulsa area, severe storms are expected Thursday night and early Friday morning. Damaging winds and large hail would be the main threats.

Several tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Barton County, while trackers chased a rain wrapped tornado just west of Salina near the city's airport. These storms could begin as early as mid-afternoon and last late into the overnight hours.