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Violent wave of storms forecast for February in the US

Violent wave of storms forecast for February in the US

Oklahoma and other US states are expected to face tornadoes between Sunday night and Monday | Josh Edelson/AFP/Metzul Meteorology

The U.S. Central Plains should face a violent wave of storms in the next few hours, unusual in February and more common in the spring, with many North American states at high risk of tornadoes and destructive windstorms.

The storm system that brought it Historic snowstorms in Southern California on Friday and SaturdayWith snow in places not seen in nearly 40 years, the event will now create an episode of severe weather with wind and damage in the Central United States.

oh Storm Prediction Center (SPC), from NOAA, predicts a terrego episode this Sunday afternoon and evening local time. A terrego is a long-lasting, general, straight-line wind storm associated with a group of fast-moving severe storms.

“A terrego with widespread destructive winds is forecast to center parts of Oklahoma beginning tonight,” SPC said. “A tornado with high potential for strong tornadoes (EF2-EF3) is expected in southwest Oklahoma tonight,” the center warned. The storm system is likely to have winds of 120 kmph to 180 kmph.

According to the National Weather Service, an episode can be classified as a terrico if a piece of destructive winds extends more than 400 kilometers and includes sustained winds of 93 km/h or greater.

Today’s most severe storm warning, a level 4 out of 5 or moderate risk, has been issued for parts of western Oklahoma and Texas. Cities at risk include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton and Enid. It is in this region that cyclones are most likely.

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A line of storms will then move across the Midwest and Southeast. Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta, St. Louis and Cincinnati.