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Millions face threat of tornadoes, hail and heavy rainfall through Memorial Day weekend

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A dangerous severe weather pattern is building for the Memorial Day weekend, threatening millions with tornadoes, wind, hail and torrential rainfall. The severe weather threat has shifted eastward and now involves the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys.NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center issued several Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm watches on Saturday, which continued into Sunday morning.On Saturday, tornadoes were spotted in Central Texas, including around the town of Windthorst, but due to the rural nature of the storms, only a few dozen power outages were reported.Hail the size of golf balls was also reported in Central Oklahoma, around the town of Sharon on Saturday.WHAT IS A ‘PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION’ TORNADO WATCH OR WARNING?’Showers and thunderstorms continue to redevelop ahead of a frontal boundary that won’t push through the region until Sunday.Out ahead of it, ingredients remain conducive for strong to severe storms, with the greatest threats being damaging wind gusts and large hail.Communities in the Midwest stand to see several rounds of rainfall which will impact Memorial Day weekend plans, including the Indianapolis 500.INDY 500 FORECAST: SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS ICONIC RACE SUNDAYSevere thunderstorms are expected to move northeast and impact the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys.Unlike Saturday, when development chances were prime during the evening, Sunday will feature showers and thunderstorms throughout the day that could impact events.”This storm system is going to bring its slow movement,” said FOX Weather Meteorologist Jane Minar. “A cold front is going to trigger up those storms as we get into the afternoon, with dew points well into the 70s and daytime heating, and we have a threat for some pretty serious storms, damaging winds, an isolated tornado and flooding concerns.”The SPC has highlighted over 16 million in communities such as St. Louis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Springfield, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky in an early Level 3 out of 5 risk for severe weather. That area also includes Indianapolis, where the iconic Indy 500 is scheduled to race that morning and where organizers are already preparing for the potential of rain. Strong tornadoes, wind gusts over 75 mph and golf ball-sized hail are all possible in the Level 3 risk zone.But another 27 million are currently in a Level 2 risk of severe weather, including Chicago, Memphis and Kansas City. Fortunately for travelers, many are already at their destinations by Sunday. However, those who will be traveling on interstates 40, 70, 55 and 65 will want to pay close attention to the forecast.MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FORECAST INCLUDES STORMS, HEAT AND RIP CURRENTSOn the holiday itself, there is expected to be a large spread of showers and thunderstorms across much of the eastern third of the nation. Chances for a severe weather outbreak are much decreased than during the previous two days. Still, the SPC has placed just over 27 million people in the mid-Atlantic in a Level 2 severe weather threat, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina.The primary threat to the region will be damaging wind gusts from advancing squall lines, though an isolated can’t be ruled out.   

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