WAYNE – The potential for severe storms Tuesday range from marginal to moderate in the northeast part of the state to the southeast corner.
The message of the day according to the National Weather Service – Omaha Center says the main threat is large hail, strong winds and an isolated tornado risk in the enhanced area.
Around the O’Neill area primarily small hail and high winds are being forecasted while around the Norfolk, NE/Sioux City, IA area and down into Kansas could primarily see more significant hail and high winds. Southeast NE, southern Iowa, northeast KS and northern Missouri are all listed in the enhanced zone. Also, some communities in the corner of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas are at a moderate risk.
The time frame for this weather is between 1 – 10 p.m. as of Tuesday morning.
Severe thunderstorms are potential in the afternoon and lingering into the evening with Tuesday being the most significant severe weather day this week.
Heavy rainfall is another hazard as additional flash flooding and/or river and stream flooding is possible.
Also, the National Weather Service is reporting a pair of NOAA Weather Radio outages which were damaged by the ice this past winter.
The Shubert, NE transmitter affects tri-state counties of Pawnee, Richardson, Johnson, Otoe and Nemaha in NE/Nemaha and Brown in KS/Atchison and Holt in Missouri and is operating but with a very weak signal. Technicians hope to have this fixed by early June.
The Hancock, IA transmitter affects Iowa counties of Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Adams and is complete off-the-air. The tower must pass an integrity test before repairs can be made. Timeline for repair is unknown.