(CNN)Parts of Kansas and Pennsylvania are recovering from another terrifying evening of tornadoes — the 13th consecutive day that twisters have struck the US — and millions of people still are at risk of more severe weather on Wednesday.
A massive, rain-wrapped tornado ripped by Linwood, Kansas, outside Kansas City on Tuesday evening, and dozens of homes on Linwood’s outskirts are “all gone,” Mayor Brian Christenson told CNN.
My photo of the tornado as it moved south of Lawrence, Kansas this evening, shot at 6:17 pm while I looking south out of the 6th floor of Fraser Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas. pic.twitter.com/QTPvMXiVXY
— John Hoopes (@KUHoopes) May 29, 2019 Tornadoes and storms ravaged areas around nearby Douglas County, Kansas, injuring at least 12 people and destroying stretches of homes and businesses, officials said.Hiding under a mattress with his family, he watched his home 'just leave' as a tornado churned throughHomes near the Kansas communities of Lone Star Lake, Pleasant Grove and Berg Acres — which are all about two miles south of Lawrence — were damaged. There are currently no reports of fatalities, Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kristen Channel said, but some people had to be taken to a hospital after suffering storm-related injuries.Read MoreTo the northeast, another tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service in Berks County, Pennsylvania, “based on video received showing a tornado on the ground.” It moved through the area Tuesday evening. Houses near Morgantown suffered heavy damage Tuesday evening.Morgantown was one of the hardest-hit areas in the county, but Caernarvon Township Police Department Chief John Scalia told CNN affiliate KYW there were no injuries. “When you drive around, see the destruction, you realize how lucky we are nobody was hurt,” Scalia said. A tornado touched down in Berks County, Pennsylvania, shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday.More than 39 million people are under an enhanced risk of severe weather Wednesday from northeastern Texas through the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said, with the main threats starting Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service said areas from Texas through the Mid-Atlantic Coast can expect severe storms, with “multiple rounds of storms expected in some areas.”JUST WATCHEDTornadoes threaten the Plains for the 13th straight dayReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Tornadoes threaten the Plains for the 13th straight day 01:21″A concentration of strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall” will continue in parts of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois with ongoing flash flooding, the weather service said. Hourly rain totals of up to 2 inches are possible, with some areas seeing up to 3 inches. Kansas City, Missouri, could see hail up to an inch in diameter, the weather service said, and wind gusts of up to 60 mph as severe storms continue into Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately the active weather pattern with enhanced potential for severe storms is expected to continue on Wednesday. The axis of greatest threat on Wednesday is shifted only slightly farther south compared to today. pic.twitter.com/zMWPO7k42I
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) May 29, 2019 Some places will see ‘historic’ floodingRains this week are exacerbating flooding that has troubled parts of the central US for weeks.One part of the Arkansas River in that state is expected to crest Wednesday afternoon at around 41 feet, Arkansas emergency management told CNN.
Assisting with search and rescue near linwood Kansas pic.twitter.com/mdSTiowT1O
— Jesse Risley 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Jesse_Risley) May 29, 2019 “This is looking to be record-breaking all along the Arkansas River, and this is something we have never seen before,” spokeswoman Melody Daniel said. All the levees set up have worked so far, Daniel said. Two of them have overtopped, but have not failed. “This is the highest the river has ever been in recorded history,” Barling police officer James Breeden told CNN. Daniel said more than a dozen counties are expected to see historic flooding. Those counties are: Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Johnson, Yell, Pope, Perry, Conway, Faulkner, Pulaski, Jefferson, Lincoln and Desha County.
— NWSABRFC (@NWSABRFC) May 28, 2019 Up to 50 homes could be impacted by the floods, the city of North Little Rock said on Facebook. Any significant rainfall could affect drainage issues and increase the number of homes that will be impacted. “Respect all barricades and road and trail closures,” the city posted. “They are there for your protection. Do not put our emergency responders in a position that would be dangerous to you and them.” In Ozark, Arkansas, the river will likely break its record Thursday before it crests Friday, Guy said. “The last crest to break the record was in 1943,” he said. “The last time the river was this high at this location was 1990.” Flooding near the site already occurred once this year in early January. One person was killed in Arkansas Tuesday evening after drowning in flood waters, police told CNN.The victim, a 64-year-old man, had been driving a small Suzuki SUV, Breeden said.Authorities said the vehicle appeared to have driven into a flooded roadway that had been barricaded. A deputy sheriff saw a body floating in the water and attempted a rescue, Breeden said. The man’s body was located near Fort Chafee.Further north, officials are warning of fast rises on the lower Des Moines River in Iowa and on the Fox River in northeastern Missouri. Both are expected to reach major flood stage — which could lead to flooding — by Wednesday. Record-breaking May rainsTuesday’s rain broke records in Kansas City, the National Weather Service said. The city received 1.56 inches of rainfall which boosted the monthly total to 12.81 inches. The previous record for the month of May was set in 1995 at 12.75 inches.
**RECORD BREAKING MAY RAINS** Yesterday (5/28) Kansas City Received 1.56" of rainfall pushing the monthly total to 12.81" breaking the old May record of 12.75" set in 1995. This also makes this May the 3rd wettest month for ANY month in KC's 131-year period of record!!
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) May 29, 2019 “This also makes this May the 3rd wettest month for ANY month in (Kansas City’s) 131-year period of record,” the weather service tweeted. More than 1,000 flights delayed or canceled As storms moved through eastern Kansas and western Missouri Tuesday night, the Kansas City International Airport halted all flights late Tuesday and crews worked to clear debris out of the runways.
9pm update: Airfield is still closed because of storm debris that includes tree limbs & pieces of structures from elsewhere. Field Maintenance crews now onsite to clear. Optimistic reopening 10:30pm. Check https://t.co/sshKJZCarq or airline site. pic.twitter.com/kMqBcaBsDp
— Kansas City International Airport (@KCIAirport) May 29, 2019 The airport re-opened early Wednesday and said on Twitter: “We apologize for the inconvenience. A tornado destroyed homes and businesses miles away & debris rained down onto the airport. Our crews had to clean it up in order to be safe.”Nearly 900 flights headed into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport were delayed early Wednesday and another 166 were canceled, according to FlightAware.comNew York’s LaGuardia International Airport and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport had more than 775 delayed flights heading in and out, combined as of early morning Wednesday.Record-breaking tornadoes in the past monthThe National Weather Service reported eight tornadoes hit Ohio between Monday and Tuesday. Three EF-3 tornadoes slammed much of Montgomery County, Beavercreek Township and the city of Celina. An EF-2 tornado touched down in northeastern Montgomery County, south of the city of Vandalia and another was reported near the village of Laurelville. There was an EF-1 tornado south of Tarlton and two EF-0 spinners in Miami and Montgomery counties, near Phillipsburg and southeast of Circleville. In the past 30 days, there have been more than 500 tornado reports across the country. There are only four other recorded instances when more than 500 US tornadoes were observed in a 30-day period: in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011, according to Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center.