Severe weather threatens Plains again
(CNN) — Another round of severe weather threatened America’s heartland on Tuesday, with tornado watches posted across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.
At least one tornado touched down in north-central Kansas on Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to a few homes and power lines in the rural area, the National Weather Service reported. More storms were expected Wednesday across the central and southern Plains, bringing the threat of large hail and tornadoes, forecasters said.
The storms came a day after straight-line winds of up to 80 mph whipped the Springfield, Illinois, area. A microburst spawned by a severe thunderstorm damaged about 70 trailers.
“The damage occurred from debris. Tree limbs at a height of 10 to 20 feet were broken and they damaged the roofs of the mobile homes,” said David Butt, director of the Sangamon County Office of Emergency Management. “No roofs were torn off. No roofs were peeled back. The only damage to roofs was being penetrated by wind-blown debris.”
One person suffered a minor laceration in the process, Butt said.
Severe thunderstorm warnings popped up from the Texas panhandle to northern Illinois on Tuesday, while flash flood watches and warnings were in place for portions of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.
Cities and towns that had the highest risk for severe storms Tuesday include Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Garden City and Liberal, Kansas; Woodward, Oklahoma; and Amarillo, in the Texas panhandle.