A classic severe April weather pattern is evolving in the rural areas of the Midwest. This is likely the only reason there have not been any fatalities as of 9pm central time. The tornadoes have struck remote areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska. Another big factor preventing deaths on such a large tornado outbreak is perhaps the advanced warning that NOAA's severe storm prediction center was able to provide. The storms system has produced just over six dozen tornadoes at about the rate of 10 per hour as of 9pm.
Last years massive outbreak of tornadoes caused over 550 deaths. From Joplin to Huntsville to the Carolina's, 1691 tornadoes dropped out of the sky and tracked for miles across the US. With the severe weather season just beginning, national fatalities are just 57 and sure to climb later in the season.
Houston's main weather threat will be flash flooding beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday. As much as 1" - 3" of rain could fall around town with isolated heavier pockets if the front stalls near the coast and training of thunderstorm cells occurs. Please monitor KHOU-11 and KHOU.com for the latest weather information including a live look at neighborhood radars.