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Dozens of tornadoes reported in Nebraska, Kansas as severe weather sags central United States

May 19, 2019 Share: Heavy thunderstorms erupted across the central United States on Friday afternoon from western Texas through Nebraska and released dozens of tornadoes. There were nearly 40 preliminary tornado reports in Nebraska and Kansas on Friday and Friday night, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Many of these twisters were made by two separate violent storms, called supercells, which tracked for hundreds of miles. Many days of severe weather outbreaks came only on Thursday over parts of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Wind turbines of 86 km / h were recorded in Washington, Iowa while hail size of baseballs fell in Westville, Illinois. A tornado was reported in Sheridan, Illinois, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago city center. No damage was reported. AP Photo / Garret Fischer @ grantkevin13 Tornado in McCook, Nebraska, tore through fields near highway 83. (Twitter / @ grantkevin13) Aaron Jayjack A twister touched in a field near McCook, Nebraska Friday May 17, 2019. So far, no injuries have been reported. (Aaron Jayjack) @terrellstorms A rare occurrence of twin towers fell down near Farnam, Nebraska on May 17, 2019. (Twitter / @ terrellstorms) @terrellstorms Twin tornadoes Farnam, Nebraska Friday Afternoon around 19:20 CDT. (Twitter / @ terrellstorms) Reed Timmer AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured tornado near McCook, Nebraska on video. (AccuWeather Photo / Reed Timmer) @ WX_JPTRACEY Friday, May 17, 2019, a tornado moved in McCook, Nebraska among difficult weather. (Twitter / @ WX_JPTRACEY) @ Sturms112010 A tornado rivit through…

Heavy thunderstorms erupted across the central United States on Friday afternoon from western Texas through Nebraska and released dozens of tornadoes.

There were nearly 40 preliminary tornado reports in Nebraska and Kansas on Friday and Friday night, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Many of these twisters were made by two separate violent storms, called supercells, which tracked for hundreds of miles.

Many days of severe weather outbreaks came only on Thursday over parts of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Wind turbines of 86 km / h were recorded in Washington, Iowa while hail size of baseballs fell in Westville, Illinois. A tornado was reported in Sheridan, Illinois, about 50 miles southwest of Chicago city center. No damage was reported.

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Tornado in McCook, Nebraska, tore through fields near highway 83. (Twitter / @ grantkevin13)

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A twister touched in a field near McCook, Nebraska Friday May 17, 2019. So far, no injuries have been reported. (Aaron Jayjack)

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A rare occurrence of twin towers fell down near Farnam, Nebraska on May 17, 2019. (Twitter / @ terrellstorms)

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Twin tornadoes Farnam, Nebraska Friday Afternoon around 19:20 CDT. (Twitter / @ terrellstorms)

Reed Timmer

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured tornado near McCook, Nebraska on video. (AccuWeather Photo / Reed Timmer)

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Friday, May 17, 2019, a tornado moved in McCook, Nebraska among difficult weather. (Twitter / @ WX_JPTRACEY)

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A tornado rivit through a field between McCook and Culbertson, Nebraska Friday night May 17, 2019. (Twitter / @ Sturms112010)

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A tornado was discovered near Minneola, Kansas, on Friday creation.

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A tornado crossed the Oklahoma-Kansas state line Friday night, crossing from around Forgan, Oklahoma to Meade, Kansas. (AccuWeather Photo / Blake Naftel)

More powerful thunderstorms blew across the central United States on Friday afternoon from western Texas through Nebraska. The strongest of the storm focused on central Nebraska and washed up several large towers.

Around 5:45 p.m. CDT, a tornado was reported near McCook, Nebraska. SPC reported tree and power line damage along with minor damage to a farm. When the storm is traced northeast, two tornadoes are spun near Farnam, Nebraska around 7:26 pm. CDT.

Later in the evening, a tornado was reported near Dodge City, Kansas, which tracked just southeast of the city.

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reported from Nebraska to AccuWeather Network and listened to a tornado on foot near McCook, lost the hat during the process.


“Tornado Alley is really awake with significant severe weather,” Timmer said as he breaks down several days of outbreak . Earlier this past week, he said this is the worst attitude for severe weather he has seen for years.

Meanwhile, Blake Napoleon, AccuWeather video editor, exposed a tornado near the border with Kansas and Oklahoma on Friday night.

Some of these areas were hit with severe weather again on Saturday.

On Sunday, the threat to harmful storms will continue to drift east into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

Download the free AccuWeather app to pay attention to severe storms and tornado alerts in your area. Keep track of updates on AccuWeather.com and stay up to date on the AccuWeather Network at DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


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Scroll down for the severe weather reports from Friday:


11:50 p.m. CDT Friday:

A new severe thunderstorm has been issued for parts of southeastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas, as severe weather hazards continue overnight. While harmful winds, hail and downturns have become the main threats to the storm, the risk of a tornado will continue at the beginning of Saturday morning.

A short rep tornado was discovered near Barton-Stafford County line 6 miles south of Great Bend, Kansas, according to a National Weather Service trained spotter.


10:43 CDT Friday:

A confirmed tornado continues to track across downtown Kansas northeast of Dodge City. This continues to be a particularly dangerous situation.



] 10:20 CDT Friday:

A wind gust of 76 mph was clocked at Russell, Kansas, as a series of heavy thunderstorms moved through the city. 9:40 p.m. CDT Friday:

A confirmed tornado continues to spin just east of Dodge City, Kansas. This is a particularly dangerous situation. People on the path of this storm should immediately seek protection. Tornado will be hard to see since the sun has set.



19:20 CDT Friday:

A tornado moved near Stockville, Nebraska around 7:07 p.m. CDT. It is currently tracking towards Interstate 80. It can also cause dazzling falls and hail to people driving along the interstate.


This tornado was near Stockville , not Stockdale.


6 pm CDT Friday:

Another tornado touching down in Nebraska among difficult weather in Hitchcock County a few miles outside McCook around 5:45 p.m. CDT. The Storm Prediction Center has reported tree and power line damage along with minor damage to a farm.





5 pm CDT Friday :

While the severe weather develops in Nebraska and Kansas, a supercell moving across Texas begins to move itself.

Just before 5pm CDT, storm chasers discovered a tornado in Pescos County, Texas.



4:25 pm CDT Friday:

Severe thunderstorms are developing in northern Kansas and downtown Nebraska. Golf ball size has been reported north of Goodland, Kansas and near Thedford, Nebraska.

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3 pm CDT Friday:

A tornado watch and a severe thunderstorm have been issued in Central United States, covering parts of northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, central Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas. This means that conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop over the next few hours which can produce tornadoes or other forms of severe weather.

Additional watches are likely to be issued by National Weather Service later this afternoon and evening throughout the region.

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