“Large hail, damaging winds, flash floods and strong tornadoes are possible,” warned the National Weather Service, especially for areas of Texas and Oklahoma.
The central and southern plains, which were already hit this weekend by storms, tornadoes and hail, will be affected this Monday by strong storms and tornadoes, according to National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts.
A “powerful spring storm system” is expected, the NWS said
More than 20 million people could be affected by the severe weather, said Albert Martinez, a meteorologist with Univision News.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a threat level of 5 out of 5 for extremely strong tornadoes on Monday. “This event should result in a significant threat to life and property,” the center added.
In addition to these warnings, more than 50 million people are at risk from other severe weather conditions, including strong winds, hail and flash floods.
Cities like Lubbock, Amarillo and Abilene in Texas, as well as Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, could experience severe weather with baseball-sized hail and hurricane winds in some places, according to the weather service.
In addition to that, “there is also a high risk of flash flooding in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.
States like Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are still recovering from the tornadoes and storms that hit those territories over the weekend. In the past three days, 52 tornadoes have been reported in seven states, said CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.
More than 60,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity in Texas and Iowa on Sunday, down from nearly 150,000 last Saturday, USA Today reported.
In Louisiana, a gas station and other buildings in and around Ville Platte were destroyed early Sunday morning by a tornado, emergency officials said. In the nearby town of Mamou, a Facebook post showed a battered house that had been pushed onto a road by strong winds, completely blocking the road.
Tornadoes that made landfall on Friday in Kansas and rural Nebraska knocked down trees and light wiring and damaged homes and farm buildings. Other tornadoes destroyed at least two homes and slightly injured a person in southwestern Oklahoma Saturday morning, KWTV reported.
In Abilene, Texas, a city 150 miles west of Fort Worth, strong winds caused the evacuation of a nursing home and damaged several homes and businesses, according to the Abilene Reporter-News. A city government spokeswoman said there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.
In Oklahoma City
Storms prevented workers from securing and removing glass from the Devon Tower, which was damaged Wednesday when a scaffold with two window washers struck the building, The Oklahoman newspaper reported. Officials said rains and winds broke tower windows and compromised the integrity of other glass.
Firefighters in Comanche County, Oklahoma, reported that at least two people escaped unharmed from a home destroyed by a tornado Saturday and another person was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.