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U.S. braces for more severe weather this week

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 10:43:20-04

Over the last few weeks, severe weather season has been kicking it up a notch with a slight risk for severe weather multiple times a week. Today is no exception.

In March, everyone was wondering where all the thunderstorms were. Now, not a day goes by without severe weather. The last time we saw one of those was the first weekend of April. Before that, it was the first full day of Spring, March 21.

At the beginning of March, some were beginning to wonder if we'd have a severe weather season at all. It turns out, they spoke too soon.

Since then tornado counts, hail reports, and wind damage from thunderstorms have all jumped.

The tornado numbers are still well below average — far less than halfway to where we should be — but they've climbed to more than 150 this year.

Wind damage is another statistic that's made a steep climb in the last few weeks, surpassing 1000, but again, still shy of where we usually are at this time of the year.

Hail has been the star of this year's severe weather season. The country's close to on schedule when it comes to the number of hail reports seen so far, surpassing 1,300.

The chances for severe weather stick around for the rest of the week, and we're likely to add to all three of these categories in the coming days.

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