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Another Tornado Record's in Sight for U.S. as Thunderstorms Boom

  • Southern, Central Plains in the path of weekend storms
  • Long-range forecasts say more activity possible in weeks ahead
Twin tornados touch down south of Dodge City, Kansas on May 24, 2016
Photographer: Brian Davidson/Getty Images
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Another wave of tornado-spawning thunderstorms is set to rip across the Great Plains and South this week, putting the U.S. within reach of a record year for life-threatening twisters.

Severe storms will drench a swath of the country from Texas to Mississippi over the next five days, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center. Through Thursday, 369 tornadoes have been reported across the country, the most in five years and more than double the normal number of sightings.