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High tornado risk in Kan., Okla. on Saturday

Friday, April 13, 2012 | 1:20 p.m. CDT

NORMAN, Okla. — The Storm Prediction Center says a dangerous tornado outbreak is likely Saturday in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma as intense storms move into the southern Plains.

Forecasters at the center in Norman, Okla., say there's a high risk of severe weather from Oklahoma City north to Salina, Kan. The severe storms are expected to strike Saturday afternoon and evening.

They warn that baseball-sized hail could pummel some isolated areas and winds of up to 70 mph are possible. The Storm Prediction Center says Saturday's outbreak could be a "high-end life threatening event."

Forecasters say there's a slight risk of severe weather Saturday in the country's midsection, stretching from central Texas northeast to Iowa.

Rain showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the weekend in mid-Missouri with gusts expected to reach at least 30 mph at times.

The Storm Prediction Center is part of the National Weather Service.

 


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