Watch: Strong storms rumble across Plains, heading east toward Florida

Severe thunderstorms rumbled across North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas, producing several tornadoes and unleashing widespread hail. This pattern of rain will be affecting Tampa after midnight increasing clouds and rain chances move in from the northwest, creating many rain and setting the stage for a very wet Friday.
Published April 18
Updated April 18

DALLAS — Severe thunderstorms rumbled across North Texas, the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas, producing several tornadoes and unleashing widespread hail.

Seven tornadoes were reported across the Plains from the northeastern Texas Panhandle to southeastern Kansas. Strong winds hit elsewhere Wednesday evening, toppling utility poles and trees and downing power lines in parts of North Texas. No significant structural damage has been reported.

The National Weather Service received numerous reports of hail pelting the storm-struck areas. Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Fort Worth.

The storms were expected to move Thursday into the Deep South, days after dozens of tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least eight dead.

This front is pushing a strong system of storms that will be affecting the entire Florida peninsula Friday with a humid, windy morning and a high increase of clouds and some thunderstorms moving in from the Gulf of Mexico. That pattern of storms will be strong with a lot of winds and the possibility of some tornado and hail. The highs on Friday will be reached early in the low 80s, with temperatures dropping when the rain comes through.

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