Texas hit record-breaking temperatures over the weekend amid a heatwave set to spread over parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, while tropical storms in the south marked an early hurricane season.
Temperatures reached as high as 112F on Saturday in Central and South Texas, the highest since the 2020 heatwave in Borgen, where a scorching temperature of 116F was recorded, prompting the National Weather Service to issue heat advisories likely to be reinstated this week as the heatwave continues.
Colorado and New Mexico reached the 90s, and Phoenix, Arizona experienced three-digit temperatures for the first time this year, the Washington Post reported.
Meanwhile, the Midwest is bracing for severe storms as the heatwave sparks an early hurricane season.
Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama have already been hit with storms marking an early hurricane season after the first tropical wave was spotted in West Africa.
Wisconsin could also be hit by severe storms on Tuesday as temperatures rise to the 80s in the state. Severe winds of at least 60 mph and hail is expected.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to go in hand with the ‘heat dome’ in parts of the Plains and upper Midwest, where is expected the heat-wave will dissipate over the weekend.
Temperatures reached as high as 112F on Saturday in Central and South Texas amid a heatwave set to spread over parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona
Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama have already been hit with storms marking an early hurricane season as Wisconsin is expected to be hit by severe storms on Tuesday as temperatures rise to the 80s in the state. Above, a tornado his a marijuana farm in Oklahoma
Severe Weather Causes Tornado Damage in Seminole, Oklahoma. 05 May 2022
It comes as the first tropical wave of the season was spotted in West Africa
On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued advisories warning New Mexico and West Texas of heat-related illnesses and fire threats after temperatures described as ‘absurd’ by KHOU meteorologist Pat Cavlin.
‘If you have outdoor plans, be sure to practice heat safety and stay hydrated,’ the office said in a statement.
The heatwave is expected to expand to the South, reaching its peak on Wednesday with highs near the 90s in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. St Louis, Texas, will experience similar temperatures on Tuesday.
Temperatures in Houston, the biggest city in Texas, reached 91F on Monday, about the same as May 6-8.
Accuweather forecast predicts temperatures will rise further to 96F by Saturday, May 14. That compares with a normal high of 85F in the city at this time of year.
The National Weather Service advises residents to minimize their time outdoors in the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of liquids and check on those without an air conditioner.
Last week, a storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm and other structures.
Significant damage was reported in the Oklahoma city of Seminole, about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, where Gov. Kevin Stitt said damage assessments were underway after he toured the area on May 5.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued advisories warning New Mexico and West Texas of heat-related illnesses and fire threats after temperatures described as ‘absurd’ by KHOU meteorologist Pat Cavlin
Paul Campbell, Founder of the academy of Seminole, walks through the damage caused by a tornado to the school building in Seminole, Okla. on Thursday, May, 5
Severe thunderstorms are expected to go in hand with the ‘heat dome’ in parts of the Plains and upper Midwest, where is expected the heat-wave will dissipate over the weekend. Above, LeAnn Morgan cleans up tornado damage in Seminole, Okla. on Thursday, May 5
Tony Dowdy, of Victory Family Church, helps clean up tornado damage in Seminole, Oklahoma on May 5
‘(We’re) getting all the resources and supplies that the city wants and needs,’ including generators, Stitt said. ‘Thank the Lord that nobody was hurt’ and no deaths have been reported.
The National Weather Service said it found damage in Seminole, where more than 2,900 customers remained without power in Seminole on May 5, from an EF2 tornado, which has winds speeds of up to 135 mph.
Video footage from Oklahoma TV station KOCO showed a tornado hit a marijuana farm in the nearby town of Maud. In Bixby, Oklahoma, located south of Tulsa, officials opened a temporary shelter at a church after thunderstorms flooded some homes and streets in one neighborhood.
Surrounded by tornado damage Paul Campbell, Founder of the academy of Seminole sits outside of the school in Seminole
Severe weather caused tornado damage in a Seminole home last week
Video footage showed a tornado hit a marijuana farm in the nearby town of Maud, Oklahoma
People canvass the damaged roof of a Seminole home after a tornado
In East Texas, a tornado on Thursday damaged several campers and buildings at an RV park in Rusk County, Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez told KTRE-TV. The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management reported one person was injured after being hit by a tree.
On May 4, a ‘large and dangerous tornado’ was spotted in the rural community of Lockett, about 170 miles northwest of Dallas, said the National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma.
There were no significant injuries or deaths to residents in Wilbarger County, where Lockett is located, Sheriff Brian Fritze told KAUZ-TV. He said several homes and barns appeared to sustain extensive damage.
In Washington County in northwest Arkansas, officials performed more than 30 water rescues as heavy rainfall flooded homes and streets in the cities of Fayetteville and Johnson, KHBS/KHOG-TV reported.
The storms last week were the latest in several rounds of severe weather in the central United States and could bring more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.