Severe weather risk continues following deadly storms
Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2:09 - Relentless storms continue to slam parts of the southern Plains, with additional rain in the forecast mid-week.
As severe weather including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding continue across areas of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Tuesday in Archer, Bastrop, Caldwell, Cass, Collin, Dewitt, Fannin, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Houston, Kendall, Jasper, Johnson, Newton, Nueces, Parker, San Jacinto, Walker, Wichita and Wilson counties, authorizing further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities.
Officials in parts of Texas say flooding could last for weeks in the wake of unprecedented amounts of rainfall this month.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the risk severe thunderstorms could last into Thursday for parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
"Strong to severe storms will be possible Tuesday in the southern Plains, with a second area of severe weather forecast in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley," the NWS said. "Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are possible, especially across northern Texas into western Oklahoma."
Widespread flood warnings remain in effect across Texas and Oklahoma, where flooding will likely continue for much of this week.
Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible particularly across parts of the High Plains and Northeast United States on Wednesday,' says the Storm Prediction Center in a convective outlook summery.
"Primary threats will be damaging wind and large hail." Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor this developing system. Updates on watches and warnings can be found on our ALERTS page.
Waterlogged Houston, TX, could get anywhere between .6 to 1.2 inches of additional rain by the end of the week.
Tornado 101: Everything you need to know about staying safe
LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay away from windows.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use the telephone.
- Avoid running tap water.
- Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT considered safe).
- Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
- If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
- Call for help / dial 911.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
- People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.
KEEP ON TOP OF ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
- Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
- In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
- Never try to outrun a tornado.
- Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
- DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SIGNS
- Large hail
- Strong winds
- Debris clouds and tree damage
- Torrential rain
- Severe thunder/lightning
- Dark, often greenish clouds
Click below to watch: Severe storm, flood update live on location from Wimberley, Texas
Source: Storm Prediction Center | CNN