Widespread severe weather will likely move east into the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley on Friday after causing dangerous fire weather conditions across eastern New Mexico, west Texas and western Oklahoma, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service has said.
Reports said a destructive tornado that ripped through a small Oklahoma town has caused at least one death and more than two dozen injuries. Tornado warnings have been issued for several Oklahoma counties.
The National Weather Service has also predicted high impact weather across the U.S. through Friday. A developing storm in the central Plains is forecast to move east to northeastern Missouri on Friday as it intensifies, and then turn northeast and across the western Great Lakes on Saturday, the weather agency said.
The developing storm is producing or will produce a variety of weather hazards across parts of the central and southern U.S., ranging from severe thunderstorms and increasing possibility of wild fires to heavy rain and even heavy snow, the statement said.