Dangerous storms to threaten central US with wind, hail and tornadoes this week

This spring’s long-awaited first round of dangerous severe storms is expected to impact the central U.S. this week.

It will be important for residents and people traveling in areas from Texas to Iowa to prepare for the effects of destructive thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday, including obtaining a working weather radio, setting up severe alerts on a charged cell phone, securing outdoor objects, knowing where to find a safe place at home, school and in the work place, and making sure to stay up to date on local watches and warnings.

While Sunday afternoon could host a few strong thunderstorms in the western Plains, conditions are expected to be prime for more isolated, severe storms to spark on Monday afternoon.

Monday

A portion of the central Plains will host the first round of severe weather on Monday, including eastern South Dakota and central Nebraska.

While storms are not expected to be widespread, any isolated thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong winds and large hail, which can lead to property damage and loss of crops and livestock.

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There is the potential for a few isolated tornadoes to form as well.

Residents should make sure to have a weather radio or a charged cell phone with weather alerts enabled nearby overnight in the event that threatening weather approaches after sunset.

Related: See photos from record-breaking Winter Storm Toby: 

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Nor’easter Toby shatters snowfall records from DC to NYC

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A woman walks in the snow during a winter nor’easter storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Workers clear snow during a winter nor’easter storm in Times Square in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A woman walks in the snow during a winter nor’easter storm in the Chinatown area of New York City, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

People walk in the snow during a winter nor’easter storm in New York, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A man walks through the snow during a winter nor’easter storm in the Chinatown area of New York City, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Aircraft wait on snowy tarmac as Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and the surrounding Newark, New Jersey region were almost entirely shut down by Winter Storm Toby, as heavy snowfall canceled flights and closed roads, March 21, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Departure board showing severe delays as Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and the surrounding Newark, New Jersey region were almost entirely shut down by Winter Storm Toby, as heavy snowfall canceled flights and closed roads, March 21, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES – 2018/03/21: Unloading a UPS (United Parcel Service) truck on West 72nd Street in a snow storm in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh wave of snow to New York City just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damage in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES – 2018/03/21: Snow storm in the area of Bethesda Terrace in Central Park in New York City. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh wave of snow to New York City just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damage in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A snowman on the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park in New York March 21, 2018 as the fourth nor’easter in a month hits the tri-state area on the first full day of spring. Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Pedestrians stand under an umbrella during a snow storm in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. A winter storm that has closed government offices in Washington and schools in New York is arriving late but slowly moving north, threatening to set snowfall records across the Northeast. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Washington Monument past trees covered in snow in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. A winter storm that has closed government offices in Washington and schools in New York is arriving late but slowly moving north, threatening to set snowfall records across the Northeast. Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: Bobby Reynolds lays on the snowy beach before surfing at Rockaway Beach during a snow storm March 21, 2018 in the Queens borough of New York. New York City and much of New England has experienced four Nor’easter winter storms in recent weeks. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Dogs play in the snow during a snow storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. / AFP PHOTO / David GANNON (Photo credit should read DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman walks in a park during a snow storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. / AFP PHOTO / David GANNON (Photo credit should read DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: People wait for the bus in the snow on March 21, 2018 in New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Two people walk through heavy snow near the Washington Monument during the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Snow-covered cars are seen during a snow storm in Washington, DC, March 21, 2018. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. / AFP PHOTO / David GANNON (Photo credit should read DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)

Snow covers a cherry blossom tree in Centreville, Maryland on March 21, 2018. The fourth Noreaster in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A man takes a photo of a duck near the Lincoln memorial during the latest storm to hit the US east coast on March 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The fourth Nor�easter in less than three weeks, Winter Storm Toby, is throwing a fresh blanket of snow just as spring begins. The storm caused heavy damaged in the south with hail, high winds and tornadoes. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A Bobcat Co. machine clears snow in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. A winter storm that has closed government offices in Washington and schools in New York is arriving late but slowly moving north, threatening to set snowfall records across the Northeast. Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: A man crosses the street in a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 21: A man crosses the street in a snow storm on March 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New York City and much of New England has experienced four winter storms in recent weeks that have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, downed power lines and closed schools and businesses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Tuesday

The threat of severe weather will shift eastward on Tuesday, focusing on portions of eastern Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri and much of Iowa.

“Large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will the main threats with these storms,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

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Any storms could produce wind gusts up to 70 mph, in addition to large hail and several inches of rainfall in a short period of time.

Residents of Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa and Kansas City will be under the threat of severe weather, including a heightened threat of urban flooding from heavy downpours.

Anyone traveling through this area on Interstates 90, 80, 70 and 35 should avoid traveling through any storms and seek shelter in a sturdy building if threatening weather approaches. Flooded areas should be avoided in the aftermath of the storm as well.

Rathbun elaborated that a more isolated severe threat will be present farther south, across Oklahoma and Texas.

“Hail will be the primary threats with these storms, though locally damaging winds and flash flooding will also be a concern,” he said.

Related: See severe tornadoes, hail from 2017: 

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Severe weather in the US 2017 — tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding, hail

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Abdel Salah, the owner of Sam’s Food and Liquor Store surveys damage after a series of tornados tore through in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp

Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Residents clear their cars and street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

PERRYVILLE, MO – MARCH 01: A utility pole was downed during last night’s tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Birds sit on some branches in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

PERRYVILLE, MO – MARCH 01: A house along Pcr 906 is destroyed after last night’s tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

PERRYVILLE, MO – MARCH 01: A shed for farm equipment on Pcr 906 collapsed and metal sheeting was tangled in trees after last night’s tornado, on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

PERRYVILLE, MO – MARCH 01: A house and garage were destroyed on Hwy V after last night’s tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

A resident clears the street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the Empire State Building and Middle Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Debris covers a street in New Orleans East after a series of tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp

Tien Nguyen cleans up debris in “Q” Nail studio on Chef Menteur highway which he and his wife own, they survived the tornado by sheltering in the bathroom, a tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp

Two snowmen sit in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Trailers lie on their sides behind a Procter and Gamble warehouse after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

A snowplow clears snow in Times Square during a snowstorm in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A gas sign from a gas station sits in a tree nearby after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Friends used there snow day to go sledding on a hill at 47th street northwest and Massachusetts Avenue in Washington on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos Katopodis (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A police car pushes a cab stuck on a snow and sleet-covered street in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rustic Barn, an event hall, which suffered major tornado damage, is seen from an unmanned aerial vehicle in Canton, Texas, April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Homeowners clean up debris after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

Homes are severely damaged after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

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Wednesday

Conditions will again be prime for severe weather across many of the same places on Wednesday, in addition to a wide swath of the central and southern Plains as well.

“The severe threat each day this week will largely depend on the effect of lingering clouds and thunderstorms from leftover complexes the previous nights,” Rathbun said.

Regardless, anyone who experiences severe weather on Tuesday should prepare for a similar threat on Wednesday.

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Heat surging into the southern Plains at midweek will fuel the year’s first round of widespread severe weather, making “Wednesday the most likely day in which Oklahoma could receive its first tornado of the 2018 season,” Rathbun said.

It will be imperative for everyone in the affected area to stay up to date on local watches and warnings and to take the proper precautions in any severe weather situation.

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