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Tornadoes Threaten Midwest: High Winds, Thunderstorms Expected

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 11:34 AM

Tornadoes and thunderstorms with possible blinding downpours of rain threaten to punctuate two days of severe weather in the Midwest and the Plains Wednesday and Thursday in the worst outbreak so far this year.

AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions meteorologist Alex Avalos reported that the Midwest storms could produce damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning over the next two days.

"Very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are expected across parts of the central plains and lower Missouri Valley (Wednesday) afternoon and evening," the National Weather Service reported. "Other strong to severe storms may develop over the Ohio Valley through Northern Texas."

Avalos told AccuWeather.com that conditions are right for "supercells capable of [producing] very large hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes across the eastern half of Kansas and into much of central Oklahoma."

"Metropolitan areas such as Wichita and Topeka, Kansas, and Oklahoma City are especially at risk late Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening," he continued.

The outbreak beginning Wednesday could be the largest tornado threat of the 2015 season, Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said to NBC News.

"We are likely to see multiple tornadoes, and fairly strong ones as well," he said. "Very large hail is possible [Wednesday and Thursday], and we will also see some damaging straight-line winds."

Violent storm areas could affect the metropolitan areas of St. Louis; Chicago; Dallas; Memphis, Tennessee; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas on Thursday, according to AccuWeather.com. Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Columbia, Joplin, and Springfield, Missouri, could also see severe weather Wednesday and Thursday.

"I think the threat transitions more to a wind damage threat on Thursday, although large hail and a few tornadoes will still be possible," Avalos said.

Last Friday, the Midwest and South were hit heavy rain from strong thunderstorms that caused flash flooding in Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy told NBC News that searchers identified a woman whose car was car was swept away by floodwaters in Kentucky Friday as Lois McGovern, 63, of Beattyville, Kentucky. NBC also reported that a tree fell on a tent at a Kentucky campground killing Catherine Carlson, 45.

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