Sherry Enochs, stands in what is left of her home as she recounts the tornado that struck her home Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Forney, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AP2012
A vehicle is covered in tornado debris in Dallas, Texas Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)AP2012
April 03, 2012: April Bridges searches through the remains of a house she at when it was destroyed by a tornado in Arlington, Texas. Multiple tornadoes touched down across the Dallas/Fort Worth area causing extensive damage.Getty
Strong storms hit the lower 48 states yesterday, producing over 220 reports of severe weather from the Plains to the Southeast.
Eighteen tornadoes were reported, all of them from the Dallas-Fort Worth area into Northeastern Texas. Baseball-size hail caused damage to airplanes at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, forcing hundreds of cancellations even through Wednesday.
And the threat for more is not over yet…
There’s another chance for severe thunderstorms from Louisiana up into Eastern Kansas, and east to Virginia.
Damaging wind gusts of 58 mph or greater, large hail (1-inch in diameter or greater) and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
As the storm crawls east, more severe weather will be possible tomorrow from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla.
Aside from damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, many of these storms can produce dangerous lightning and localized flooding.
Make sure to remain alert if you live in these areas and have a plan ready to put into action should a tornado warning be issued for your county.
A tornado warning means that a tornado can be on the ground shortly, if not already, and you should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a basement.
If you do not have a basement, try to stay away from windows, and go to an interior room, on the lowest floor of your home.
The weather will remain relatively calm in the Dallas area over the next few days, which should help clean up efforts.
Maria Molina has been a meteorologist for the Fox News Channel since October 2010. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and was granted the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society.