North Texas Hit by 16 Tornadoes; More Expected for Midwest


0  Updated at 9:49 am, May 17th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sixteen tornadoes ripped through North Texas on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirms, killing six people and injuring dozens more.  But the severe weather that also destroyed more than 100 homes in Granbury, Texas, may not be over.

More twisters could erupt throughout the weekend, as ABC News Anchor Sam Champion explains.

“Saturday, as a cold front sits in the middle of the country, you’ve got that cold air clash with warm humid air, the jet stream pulling up right through the center will build those storms even taller and higher and that’s what you need for very powerful thunderstorms and the possibility for tornadoes,” he says.  “Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma, you’re all in line — Minneapolis even — by the time we get to Sunday and this kind of lingers in that part of the country for Monday.”

The tornado outbreak that tore through Texas mid-week included an EF-4, with winds up to 200 miles per hour. That was the first EF-4 tornado in the state since 1994.

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