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Storms Forecast to Track to the West Over the Great Plains Beginning Tuesday

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Several days of severe storms are going to impact the Great Plains as the month of May comes to an end. Here is a look at what you can expect in the coming days over the Plains states as well as a recap of the deadly storm events over the weekend.

Latest Death Toll From Weekend Storms Stands at 21

The good news is that the focus of the severe weather this week will train over more rural areas when compared to the storms that slammed through the region over the weekend, killing at least 21 people. The bad news is that the upcoming line of storms could be just as intense as what neighboring states in the central U.S. experienced over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Forecasters are predicting that the overall threat of widespread severe weather will take it down a notch over the central part of the nation this week. However, keep in mind that it only takes one tornado outbreak to put lives at risk. This was demonstrated this weekend when a rash of tornados killed at least 21 people in the nation's heartland.

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According to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), there were at least 1,100 reports of severe weather incidents between Friday and Sunday. This number includes dozens of tornadoes. The tally is sure to climb by Tuesday, with more severe weather impacting the eastern and southern of the country as the holiday weekend came to an end.

The worst of the weekend severe weather hit Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas late Saturday. There were several children who lost their lives as a result of the tornadic activity.

The stormy conditions also wreaked havoc on outdoor plans for the weekend, a time that is typically recognized as the unofficial start to summer. The famous Indianapolis 500 motor race was delayed four hours as storms roared through the area. Down in North Carolina, the NASCAR race event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended early with only two-thirds of the course completed.

As of Monday, there were still over 600,000 homes and businesses in the dark in the central and eastern U.S. The total number of outages will be in flux throughout the day Tuesday as some communities see a restoration of power and new storms pop up elsewhere, bringing down trees and electrical lines.


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