Stormy Day Expected In Texas, Across Central U.S.

(May 21, 2013)—Forecasters expected Tuesday to be stormy across Central, North and East Texas and in parts of the central U.S.

A layer of warm air over the area limited storm development in much of North Texas over the past two days, but it’s expected to dissipate on Tuesday, allowing storms and isolated tornadoes to develop.

Storms have continued to rage along the edges of the warm-air cap over the region, though.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a Monday tornado in Blanket, a town of about 400 residents about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Brown County sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Chandler said the storm caused "massive damage" to the town's public school complex, but minor damage otherwise and no injuries.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says golf ball-sized hail, powerful winds and isolated, strong tornadoes could strike areas not only of Texas, but also Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma on Tuesday, but the area at risk does not include Moore, Okla., where 24 people were killed in a monstrous tornado Monday.

Forecasters say the greatest risk for severe weather Tuesday includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The National Weather Service predicted flash flooding in parts of Arkansas and Louisiana as the storm system dumps several inches of rain in a short time frame Tuesday afternoon.

In Moore, where search and rescue operations continue, showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday with heavy rainfall.


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