May got off to a destructive start across portions of the Great Plains after multiple tornadoes were reported across portions of Kansas and Oklahoma Tuesday.
Nearly two dozen tornadoes were reported across the region, but no major damage was reported, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean. “Thankfully no one is hurt and we don’t have any deaths because it happened sort of out in farmland, which is where we like the tornadoes to stay, but unfortunately as we go throughout the afternoon and the evening hours we could see the potential again today for tornadoes,” Dean said this morning (Wednesday, May 2, 2018). “This could actually be a more destructive day.”
The National Weather Service said a “likely” tornado in northwestern Oklahoma ended that state’s record start to the year without a twister.
Meteorologist John Pike told the Associated Press the funnel cloud captured on video by KOCO-TV Tuesday afternoon near Buffalo, about 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, has not yet been confirmed as a tornado.
The Harper County Emergency Management director said the only known damage there was a tree blown down onto a road. The previous record for the latest date of a first tornado at the start of a year in Oklahoma was April 26, set in 1962.
Further north in Kansas, multiple tornadoes were reported across the central and northern parts of the state with only minor damage reported. The largest tornado was one with multiple vortices that hit a rural area south of Concordia in the north-central part of the state, according to the Wichita Eagle. Video showed the tornado taking shape and moving across the countryside.
A home located near Tescott in Ottawa County sustained damage from the tornado, but no injuries were reported, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Tuesday’s tornadoes were the first of the year for Kansas, which hadn’t reached May without a tornado since 1980.
More severe weather, including tornadoes, is possible later Wednesday with strong storms developing in mid-afternoon in western Oklahoma and moving north and east, according to the weather service.