A dangerous and potentially "violent" weather is developing in the southern plains on Monday, as forecasters warn of a tornado outbreak and severe thunderstorms could lead to life threatening conditions, leading to the closure of schools in the region.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center released a "high-risk" assessment for the area from northwestern Texas to western and central Oklahoma, a vast expanse of terrain featuring the biggest risk of tornadoes "potentially long-track and violent" day.
"They created a rare high-risk area today, which means that all conditions are favorable to tornadoes," said Janice Dean, Fox News meteorologist, in FOX & Friends. "Long-track tornadoes, potentially damaging and deadly."
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Some of the tornadoes can reach EF-4 or EF-5 force, with winds between 166 and 200 km / h. They could cause "extreme" to "incredible" damage. Which, according to Dean, could be a "potentially deadly day".
In addition to generating strong tornadoes, severe thunderstorms are expected to result in heavy hail, wind gusts, and flash floods. According to the NWS, gusts of wind can reach the force of hurricanes and hail can be the size of a baseball.
For residents of the Texas cities of Lubbock and Wichita Falls, as well as Oklahoma City, a "moderate" risk persists all day Monday. The NWS said that more isolated but potentially dangerous weather conditions, including tornadoes, are possible in the surrounding areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
"These dangerous storms will continue after sunset and into the night," Dean said.
The outbreak of severe weather occurs on the sixth anniversary of the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma. The 2013 EF-5 Twister killed 24 people while it ravaged the suburbs of Oklahoma City with high winds estimated at 210 mph.
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Schools in the Oklahoma City area were closed Monday due to inclement weather.
"We think this is the best decision for our students, our staff and our families, as their health and safety is a priority," Moore Public Schools said in a statement posted on Twitter. "Please make sure security plans are in place for your family in case of bad weather."
The Moore School officials added that all secure rooms will be completed by the end of July 2019. The district currently has four secure rooms under completion and 31 have completed them.
Oklahoma City Public Schools also wrote on Facebook that they had decided to cancel all classes and that activities had been canceled for Monday because of the risk of bad weather.
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The NWS is asking residents in affected areas to review safety procedures in case of bad weather and to be vigilant with regard to watches and warnings throughout the day.
"A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the next few hours," the NWS said. "If a tornado warning is issued in your area, move to a safe place, ideally in a basement or indoor room on the top floor of a solid building."
After Monday's threat, the risk of heavy storms shifted Tuesday to east plains and the Mississippi Valley, according to Dean.
Summer temperatures in the northeast may also trigger actions.
"Fueled by above-average temperatures, some thunderstorms in the northeast and New England could also reach extreme limits this afternoon and tonight, with the main threats being high winds and hail," he said. Dean.