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    Kansas to Texas at Risk for Violent Thunderstorms

    By By Katie Storbeck, Meteorologist
    October 23, 2010, 3:55:58 AM EDT

    A storm emerging onto the Plains will bring the risk of severe thunderstorms through the weekend. The dangerous thunderstorms will threaten a zone from Kansas and Oklahoma to central Texas the first half of Friday night.

    Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dallas, Texas, are among the cities and towns that could be struck by a severe storm the first half of Friday night. This means that there is also the potential for a thunderstorm to interrupt Game 6 of the ALCS in Arlington this evening.

    Winds will gust past 50 mph at times in some of the thunderstorms and hail larger than golf balls will be possible. The strongest of the storms may also contain tornadoes.

    Over an inch of rain could fall in a matter of hours in spots as the thunderstorms rumble through as well. This could lead to flash flooding and travel problems along portions of Interstates 44, 40, 30, 20 and 35.


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    On Saturday, the threat for destructive thunderstorms will shift slightly eastward, spanning Iowa through northeastern Texas.

    The thunderstorms will erupt as a slow-moving storm system crawls onto the central Plains today. This same system has already unleashed drenching showers and thunderstorms over the Southwest the past few days.


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    On Thursday, the bulk of the thunderstorm activity was focused over eastern New Mexico and western Texas, where powerful storms rattled the area with howling wind gusts, golf ball-sized hail and even a few tornadoes.

    Expert Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk contributed to this story.

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