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    Violent Storms to Threaten 1,200-Mile Swath of Central US Saturday

    By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist.
    May 16, 2015, 10:54:27 PM EDT

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    Another outbreak of severe storms, including tornadoes, will threaten lives and property across the Plains through Saturday evening.

    The risk of severe weather will stretch along a swath approximately 1,200 miles long.

    According to AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker, severe storms will rake the Plains from near the borders of Canada to Mexico into Saturday night.

    The storms will affect areas from North Dakota and western Minnesota to Texas.

    "The entire gambit of severe weather is expected, with high wind gusts to 70 mph, very large hail, heavy rainfall and frequent cloud to ground lightning likely in the strongest storms," Walker said.


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    The strongest thunderstorms will also spawn tornadoes with the threat highest from south-central Nebraska to western and central Oklahoma and neighboring communities in Texas.

    Within this area, there is concern for a few strong and long-tracking tornadoes.

    While stressing that the danger exists throughout the above area, AccuWeather.com Assistant Director of Storm Warnings Andrew Gagnon stated, "The greatest threat for a long-lived tornado is across western Oklahoma."

    People spending time outdoors or traveling across Interstate 10, I-20, I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90 and I-94 through Texas and the Plains should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions.

    Officials will need to monitor the weather conditions closely for the Major League Baseball game at Kansas City, Missouri, between the Yankees and Royals on Saturday evening.

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    Cities that could be hit by one ore more severe storms into Saturday evening include Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City; Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

    Along with the risk of violent storms on Saturday will be the ongoing risk of flash flooding. This threat will be highest where the ground is already saturated from recent storms or where the thunderstorms slowly move through a given area.


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    Later Saturday night, severe thunderstorms will begin to transition to a cluster of heavy and potentially flooding rain. One such cluster will track from Nebraska into eastern South Dakota, while another targets central Texas.

    The risk of severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, will continue on Sunday but is forecast to shift farther to the east and lift northward.

    Areas from Missouri and Illinois to Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, eastern Iowa and Minnesota have the potential for the dangerous storms.

    The storms could affect the metro areas of St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis on Sunday.

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