PARTS of the South and Central America are expected to see extreme weather this weekend, putting areas on high alert for potential tornadoes and flood warnings.
The severe weather comes as millions of Americans brace for increased tornado activity, which is expected to peak in the coming days.Severe thunderstorms are expected to begin overnight Thursday in the Plains and Missouri Valley[/caption] A map shows the severe weather will move across the South this weekend[/caption] Tornadoes have wreaked havoc across the South, particularly North Texas, which has seen 17 twisters this year[/caption]
Powerful winds, heavy downpours and severe thunderstorms are forecast to hit the Plains and Missouri Valley overnight on Thursday and continue over the weekend.
A jet stream mix between warm and humid air in the Plains and Central US will give rise to more severe weather that could produce tornadoes and wind damage.
A flood warning has been issued for the Northern Plains and parts of the Midwest over the weekend, as the wet weather is expected to dump somewhere between one to three inches of rain.
Parts of the South, including North Texas, will again see heavy rainfall to close out the weekend.
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Last weekend, a number of severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings were issued across Oklahoma, leaving more than 4,000 customers without power.
In some parts of the state, meteorologists anticipated the possibility of golf ball-sized hail and wind of up to 70 miles per hour.
TORNADO ACTIVITY PEAK
As April comes to a close, the month of May is set to begin and is notorious for peak tornado activity across the nation.
The severe May weather all starts with a disturbance in the jet stream pushing out of the Rockies and into the Plains, interacting with warm air and ample moisture, Weather.com reports.
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The US tornado season typically runs from March until June but has already caused havoc across the South and Plains.
So far, more than 200 tornadoes have touched down in the US through four months, 17 of those in North Texas, a region that sees 23 on average.
This year has produced the most March twisters on record, surpassing a previous record of 192 in March 2017.
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