Scattered showers and strong to severe thunderstorms impacted the central and southern Plains through the evening hours of Wednesday, October 17. The strongest thunderstorms produced winds gusting in excess of 70 miles-per-hour at times, hail up to two inches in diameter, heavy downpours of rain, and at least two confirmed tornadoes. No tornado damage was reported, but severe wind gusts and large hail downed power lines, small trees, and damaged several cars across Oklahoma, Kansas, and into Arkansas. River flooding and localized flash flooding was also reported in these areas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms reached into the northern Plains and upper Midwest by the early afternoon, but no severe weather activity was observed.
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