Severe Weather Watch: Omaha Area Part of Damaging Storm Outbreak Forecast

OMAHA (KPTM) - While remaining on a localized level through Tuesday, severe weather will ramp up across the Plains on Wednesday.The stage is being set for violent thunderstorms to line the central and southern Plains later Wednesday afternoon and night, from Nebraska to west-central Texas.Cities in the path of the outbreak include North Platte, McCook, Omaha and Grand Island, Neb.; Dodge City and Russell, Kan.; Gage and Clinton, Okla.; and Childress, Abilene and San Angelo, Texas.The worst of the severe weather, at this point, is expected to remain to the north and west of Wichita, Kan., but the city may still become the target of a strong and gusty thunderstorm overnight Wednesday."If there is no change to the current thinking, [Wednesday] will be a busy day dealing with a myriad of severe weather of all kinds, including large hail, high wind gusts as well as tornadoes," stated AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.As night falls, more lives could be put at risk as tornadoes will be hard to see and some people may sleep through vital warnings.The danger for severe thunderstorms and some tornadoes may not end with Wednesday."It seems like at least portions of the eastern Plains into the Mississippi Valley will see severe threats on Thursday," Walker meteorologists are zoning in on the corridor from central Missouri to southern Wisconsin for the greatest severe weather potential on Thursday