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Nearly 10 million people in central US under threat of severe weather, agency warns

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10 million face severe weather

Millions of people in the central US could see powerful storms on Monday including long-track tornadoes, hurricane-force winds and baseball-sized hail, forecasters said.

Much of Oklahoma and parts of Kansas are at the greatest risk of bad weather – including areas in Oklahoma, such as Sulphur and Holdenville, still recovering from a tornado that killed four people and left thousands without power last week.

In all, nearly 10 million people live in areas under threat of severe weather, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said. Forecasters there issued a rare high risk for central Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

The last time a high risk was issued was 31 March 2023, when a huge storm system tore through parts of the south and midwest including Arkansas, Illinois and rural Indiana.

Bill Bunting, the center’s deputy director, said a high risk from the Storm Prediction Center was not something seen every day or every spring. “It’s the highest level of threat we can assign. And it’s a day to take very, very seriously,” he said.

Other cities that could see stormy weather include Kansas City, Missouri, and Lincoln, Nebraska.


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