Over 2 million people are in harm’s way as the the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a threat level 5 out of 5 for violent tornadoes Monday.
“This event should result in a significant threat to life and property,” the Storm Prediction Center said.
Forecasters also said conditions are favorable “for long-track strong tornadoes and possibly violent tornadoes.”
To put things in perspective, violent tornadoes make up only 0.5% of all tornadoes but account for about half of all tornado deaths, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
But it’s not just tornadoes expected to wreak havoc Monday.
More than 50 million people are at risk of other severe weather, including fierce winds, large hail and flash flooding, Miller said.
On top of that, “there is also a high risk for flash flooding from parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, where rainfall totals of 3-6″ will fall on already saturated ground,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
What makes this rash of storms especially dangerous
“Tornadoes could occur well after dark, making this situation potentially even more deadly,” Hennen said.
“Do not let your guard down on Monday night,” the office said. “It looks like severe storms and flooding will be a big problem overnight … into Tuesday morning.”
Air Force base sends aircraft elsewhere
The number of aircraft being moved off base wasn’t immediately known, a spokesman said.
As for personnel on base, all facilities have “shelter in place” areas in which people can hunker down.
52 tornadoes in 3 days
States such as Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are still reeling from weekend tornadoes and storms.
In the past three days, 52 tornadoes were reported across seven states, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said.
“We woke up to the sound of glass breaking, and went in and saw the window in the kitchen was broken,” resident Dorine Bearden told KPLC.
Baseball-sized hail could be on the way
Destructive hail and brutal winds are also possible through Tuesday.
Oklahoma City and Texas cities such as Lubbock, Amarillo and Abilene could get pounded with baseball-sized hail and hurricane-force winds, the National Weather Service said.
CNN’s Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.