Potent deadly thunderstorms unleashed baseball-sized hail, flooding rainfall and numerous tornadoes across western portions of Texas and Oklahoma Tuesday into Wednesday as severe conditions jolted the region for a second consecutive day. Those same weather elements will remain a threat for a large swath of the country through Thursday as the explosive atmospheric conditions continue marching across the country firing up powerful storms.
The severe weather turned deadly after a man was swept away in rising waters in downtown Austin, Texas Wednesday afternoon. His body was recovered in Lady Bird Lake when Austin police reported seeing the man floating downstream under the South First Street Bridge.
At least 17 preliminary tornadoes were reported on Tuesday. Law enforcement confirmed that a tornado moved from Howardwick to Alanreed, Texas, which is east of Amarillo.
A dangerous situation unfolded later Tuesday evening as a large tornado tracked from near Hobart to Rocky, Oklahoma. This was confirmed by footage from nearby storm chasers when illuminated by lightning. Damage has been reported in the town of Rocky.
National Weather Service (NWS) offices will conduct storm surveys over the coming days to confirm the number of tornadoes that touched down on Tuesday.