Five plains states at risk for severe weather

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 6:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. — The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has expanded the area of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri that it said is at high risk of severe weather that could include tornadoes.

The highest-risk area for severe weather Tuesday now extends from north-central Texas across all of Oklahoma, except the far southeast and the western third of the state, and into south-central Kansas. Also included is far northwestern Arkansas and far southwestern Missouri, where a Sunday-night tornado in Joplin resulted in nearly 120 deaths.

According to the prediction center there is a moderate risk of severe weather and tornadoes extending from northern Texas to central Kansas, northwestern Arkansas and southwestern Missouri.

The severe weather could also include wind gusts of 55 to 75 mph and baseball-sized hail.