Severe Weather Awareness Week: Severe thunderstorms

An 18-wheeler driver and his wife had to be rescued Friday night after his big rig was blown off the interstate by high winds and heavy rain along I-20 West near mile marker 612 in Harrison County

Some of those storms could reach severe limits and contain damaging wind gusts and hail up to ping pong ball size. A low tornado threat can not be ruled as well in some of the stronger clusters of storms.

As spring storms ramp up for the season, severe weather is in the forecast for almost every day this week somewhere in the country. An isolated short-lived tornado or two will be possible during the afternoon.

Today's topic is severe thunderstorms.

The prime time for storms to develop will be this afternoon, according to the weather service in Huntsville.

Remaining portions of Arkansas are in a slight-risk category, meaning short-lived scattered storms could spring up.

The weather service said a smaller risk of hail and isolated wind damage extends as far south and east as Montgomery and Auburn. Showers and storms this afternoon and evening will bring the threat for severe weather into central and eastern Kentucky.

Part of North Texas was placed under a tornado watch late Sunday, but the severe weather stayed east of Wichita Falls.

The second weather system involves a squall line that should arrive between 6 and 9 p.m., forecasters said.

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