More severe weather expected as 3 states recover from 13 tornadoes

Emergency crews in three states are currently cleaning up and evaluating the damage caused by a series of tornadoes on Sunday. However, there is a forecast for more severe weather in the near future, affecting a wide area in the Midwest.

On Sunday, there were over 230 reports of severe storms, with the National Weather Service confirming 13 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.

Several people were injured in the storms, and officials reported that more than 30 structures were destroyed or damaged. Fortunately, there were no immediate reports of any deaths.

On Sunday, a significant funnel cloud made contact with the ground in Yukon, Oklahoma, close to Oklahoma City. This resulted in severe damage to multiple buildings and the complete removal of the roof from at least one residence.

According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s office, two individuals were hospitalized due to injuries sustained in a tornado that devastated their residence in Hydro, Oklahoma, located approximately 63 miles west of Oklahoma City. Furthermore, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported that a nursing home in Hydro was also affected by the destructive tornado.

In Custer City, Oklahoma, located approximately 90 miles west of Oklahoma City, a powerful tornado wreaked havoc. It toppled powerlines, demolished multiple buildings, and mercilessly flung trailers around as if they were mere playthings. According to emergency management officials, the destructive force of the twister caused significant damage to at least 10 homes in both Custer City and Hydro.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, suburban Oklahoma City’s Canadian County experienced damage to at least 20 structures.

Officials reported that as of Monday, there were still over 5,700 homes and businesses without power. The majority of these outages were concentrated in Custer and Tulsa counties.

The recent severe weather in Kansas resulted in widespread power outages and the destruction of multiple buildings due to at least four tornadoes.

A powerful storm struck Russell, Kansas, causing “significant” damage in the area. The city, located approximately 150 miles northwest of Wichita, experienced the impact of the storm on Sunday.

The City of Russell informed on Facebook that at least three structures have been demolished. They also mentioned that crews are currently working on restoring electricity to various parts of the city.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was also reported in eastern Colorado near Fleming on Sunday. Residents in the area shared photos on Facebook showing baseball-size hail near Fleming.

Severe weather is anticipated to persist until Wednesday in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Monday’s weather forecast includes the possibility of severe weather in Nebraska and Colorado, with strong winds and large hail posing potential risks.

Severe weather is forecasted for Tuesday across a wide area, encompassing Oklahoma to Michigan. Cities such as Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Green Bay, and Grand Rapids should be prepared for potentially dangerous conditions.

The weather experts are predicting that severe weather will move across Texas and Ohio, bringing with it the likelihood of large hail in Dallas.

Hot weather is also anticipated in Texas on Monday, with Amarillo set to experience temperatures of 98 degrees and Del Rio reaching a scorching 104 degrees. Moving into Tuesday, the Midwest is bracing for potential record-breaking heat, as St. Louis is expected to reach a high of 93 degrees.

Later this week, the Northeast is expected to experience hot weather. Binghamton, New York, is forecasted to reach a record high of 86 degrees on Wednesday, while New York City could see temperatures in the 80s.

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