A spring storm system that battered parts of the Plains, Midwest and Texas with reported tornadoes, baseball-sized hail and high winds was forecast to expand into the Mississippi Valley and South on Wednesday.
The sprawling system brought five reported twisters across Missouri, Kansas, Indiana and Texas, as well as hail — the largest reportedly the size of a grapefruit — across an arc from the Lone Star State all the way to West Virginia, according to The National Weather Service.
Wind gusts of 90 mph and above were recorded in Sherman, Texas, and at Oklahoma's Will Rogers World Airport. Flights appeared to continue largely uninterrupted there, but more than two dozen cancellations were recorded by FlightAware at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday.
A line of severe thunderstorm watches was in effect early Wednesday from Texas up into central Missouri, where there were also flash-flood watches and warnings.
"We have had watches galore for today," said Danielle Banks, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, singling out the Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, areas as facing "particularly dangerous" conditions.