Damaging Storms Begin in Oklahoma, Texas

By , Meteorologist
March 29, 2013; 8:55 PM ET
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Severe storms erupted across western portions of Oklahoma and northwestern Texas late Friday before spreading eastward on Saturday.

Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main threats of the strongest thunderstorms that erupt Friday afternoon and evening. Cities and towns that lie the zone of storm risk include Abilene, Snyder and Wichita Falls, Texas, and Altus and Weatherford, Okla.

A weak storm pushing across the region will act to ignite the storms, while moist air coming in from the Gulf of Mexico provides the fuel.

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Motorists who travel along the I-20 and I-40 corridors should be prepared for locally torrential downpours and stay alert of the potential for severe storms.

As the storm system shifts eastward, thunderstorms will spread across northern Texas and central and eastern portions of Oklahoma on Saturday.

Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa, Okla., may lie in the path of potentially damaging storms on Saturday.

By Saturday evening, thunderstorms will reach the lower Mississippi Valley, putting portions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana at risk.


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