Reports are indicating that Powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes have left behind serious damage across North Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday and triggered power outages to more than 200 000 people. There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms Thursday from southern parts of Illinois and Indiana, southeast Ohio south across the Tennessee Valley to central Mississippi. NWS preliminary reports for March 28 mention 16 tornadoes, all of them in Texas.

Tennis ball-sized hail and 119 km/h (74 mph) wind gusts were reported in Seymour, while El Reno, across the border in Oklahoma, registered 153 km/h (95 mph) wind gusts. On this sad day, three storm chasers were killed in a two-car accident near Spur, Texas. On Wednesday, two brothers, aged 11 and 12, died after they were electrocuted by downed power lines in a heavily wooded area in East Forth Worth.  MORE