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Apr 26, 2014 12:48 PM by Associated Press

Central US bracing for severe weather

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Forecasters say an outbreak of severe weather is possible this weekend in parts of the nation's midsection.

An area stretching from Texas to South Dakota is at risk for large hail, strong wind gusts and tornadoes today.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says scattered severe storms could develop across the central and southern Plains this afternoon and continue into the overnight hours, with northern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma at the greatest risk.

Severe weather is possible again tomorrow. Forecasters say the greatest chance of tornadoes will be in Arkansas and parts of Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Yesterday, strong thunderstorms rumbled through North Carolina, toppling trees and causing property damage. There were numerous reports of funnel clouds in eastern North Carolina but no confirmed tornadoes. To the west, a strong storm took down trees and power lines in the Statesville area.

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