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Midwest Tornadoes: Region Braces for Fourth Day of Severe Weather

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By    |   Thursday, 03 May 2018 05:06 PM

Midwest tornadoes and clusters of intense thunderstorms extended from Texas to Nebraska this week, with Thursday marking the fourth day in a row of extreme weather.

Missouri reported one tornado this week. But four were reported in Oklahoma, five in Nebraska, and Kansas sighted 16 tornadoes, according to ABC News.

At least 192 storms were reported Wednesday alone, and sections of Oklahoma saw winds exceeding 100 mph.

In all, the severe weather is threatening 40 million Americans across the United States, CBS News reported.

"The house shook, and the windows blew open. … I didn't have the time to even know if the whole house was coming down. I heard the tornado sirens go off so I wasn't sure if it was the tree or something bigger," Raytown, Missouri, homeowner Sean Hagg told CBS News’ Tony Dokoupil.

The storm that ripped through that town was intense enough to fell a 200-year-old red oak tree and snap another into shards.

Similar scenes played out in Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and other parts of Missouri as the storms continued their swath across the landscape. Even as far north as Chicago heavy winds damaged buildings.

As the result of Wednesday’s heavy rains in Kansas City, that metropolitan area is under a flash flood warning.

The entire storm system isn’t expected to weaken until Friday.

The Weather Channel predicted last Sunday we would receive a week of severe weather.

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Severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest brought reports of at least 26 tornadoes this week, and the region braced for its fourth day of severe weather Thursday.
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Thursday, 03 May 2018 05:06 PM
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