Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms Hit States in Midwest, Plains

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The central U.S. is under the gun Wednesday for what could be the worst severe weather outbreak so far this season.

There were reports of tornadoes Wednesday night in Kansas including one near Wichita. The storm bypassed the city but was reported six miles northwest of Goddard.

The National Weather Service said another twister may have touched down at Potosi, Mo., about 70 miles from St. Louis. Tornado warnings were in effect in Missouri and Indiana.

Severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening across parts of the central and southern Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes are expected.

“Wednesday is part of a multiple-day severe weather outbreak that will continue to progress eastward into the end of the week,” according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Henry Margusity.

About 30 million people live in the risk area, which includes Kansas City, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

“The outbreak will include hundreds of incidents of damage from wind and hail, as well as perhaps a number of dangerous tornadoes,” Margusity said.

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Source: USA Today | Doyle Rice

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