Severe Storms Threaten Much of the U.S., More Flight Delays Expected

By Jesse Sokolow on 7 May 2019
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Just as much of the country was preparing to take a deep breath after storms that resulted in over 10,000 flight delays this past weekend, severe weather is predicted for many parts of the United States in the coming week.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Plains, Midwest, and South and some areas may see tornadoes.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, over 764 flights were delayed, and 179 cancelled, according to FlightStats, a company that tracks such information. Yesterday, over 5,100 flights were delayed and 432 were cancelled.

The delays on Monday were caused by a mixture of the weather and residual issues stemming from the weekend, when over 10,000 flights were delayed and over 1,100 were cancelled.

The weather pattern is currently bringing locally heavy rain and thunderstorms in parts of the central Plains as of Tuesday morning.  Flash floods hit Chanute, Kansas, Monday night forcing several evacuations as well as rescues from stranded vehicles on flooded highways.

Residents in parts of Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma can expect damaging winds, large hail, and the possibility of a tornado.

On Wednesday, the storms will push further east and are predicted to reach the Ohio Valley early Thursday.

Expect dangerous driving conditions and possible highway flooding. Drivers should avoid driving through flooded streets and highways. Doing so could stall the engine and result in irreparable damage. Take alternate routes or stay off the roads in areas where flooding is predicted.

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