On Tuesday and Wednesday a large outbreak of severe weather is predicted to hit a large portion of the Midwestern states. 35 million Americans are located in the risk zones, but only a small number of the 35 million will be experiencing tornadoes. Many of the residents living in the risk zone will see damaging winds and severe weather, though.
The Central Plains is the main target for tornadoes on Tuesday, and the conditions are even leaning towards the development of a derecho. Derechoes are large clusters of thunderstorms that are capable of producing widespread wind damage, and this is usually a result of one or more curved lines of thunderstorms known as bow echoes. These intensive wind storms leave long and wide wind damage to the areas they affect. These winds can be as strong as 50 to 100 mph, while it is not unlikely that the winds will go higher than that.
This could be a very damaging wind event due to the strong damaging straight-line winds. 58 mph winds are strong enough to categorize a thunderstorm as severe, and many parts of the region will be experiencing winds as high as 70 mph on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds reaching 80 mph are also not out of question, and winds this strong are capable of overturning mobile homes and uprooting large trees. Power outages are more than likely wherever the most powerful thunderstorms strike, so it is important to charge any of your electronic devices before the storm hits your particular area.
On Tuesday, an outbreak of severe weathers and even tornadoes is predicted to reach across part of the Plains and Mississippi Valley. The biggest threat for severe weather will most likely be in Nebraska. These storm cells can possibly cause straight line wind damage, and a derecho may begin to form by Tuesday evening or Tuesday night over parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and even as far east as Illinois and Indiana if the conditions are right.
The tornado threat will not be as high on Wednesday, but there is still a definite threat looming when it comes to severe weather. There is a high possibility of widespread damaging winds and a derecho formation from the Mississippi Valley into parts of the Ohio Valley. Because these areas are denser when it comes to trees, and the fact that derechos bring high winds to a much larger scope than tornadoes, the overall impact of the storms may be greater than Tuesday despite the fact that there is a lower tornado threat.
It is always important to stay updated on the latest weather advances in your area, and always have an emergency kit on hand when you know that severe weather is headed your way. Stay tuned to your local weather authority or the Weather Channel for any severe weather updates in your area.