For only the second time in U.S. history, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a high-risk warning for a day of life-threatening storms in a wide swath spanning from Texas to Minnesota. The most dangerous weather is expected to arrive this afternoon.
The first time was in April 2006, when nearly 100 tornadoes tore across the southeastern U.S., killing a dozen people and damaging more than 1,000 homes in Tennessee.
The worst conditions are projected for late Saturday afternoon between Oklahoma City and Salina, Kan., but other areas also could see severe storms with baseball-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph, forecasters said.
Tim Ballisty, weather.com meteorologist said that the greatest threat for tornados was in parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, including the cities of Lincoln, Omaha, Wichita and Oklahoma City, citing severe weather expert Greg Forbes.
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