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Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes threaten central states

The Weather Channel's Maria LaRosa takes a look at the nation's weekend forecast.

Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are threatening a swath of the central United States from Iowa to parts of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, forecasters warned.

Chris Dolce and Jon Erdman, of weather.com, said the Midwest would be likely hit by storms and showers Saturday morning, but the “greatest concern for severe storms will be from the afternoon through evening.”

“While the primary severe threats look to be damaging straight-line winds and large hail, the degree of low-level wind shear and instability may spawn isolated tornadoes in these areas,” they added.

Weather.com said the storm system would continue moving eastward on Sunday.

“Scattered severe storms may flare again along the cold front with spotty damaging wind gusts and possibly a tornado from the southern Great Lakes southwestward to the Ohio Valley, lower-Mississippi Valley and southeastern Texas,” Dolce and Erdman added.

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