MILLIONS of Americans are bracing for destructive winds of up to 60mph and large hail to pummelparts of the country today, as severe storms roll in.
Damaging thunderstorms will ignite across the Southern Plains, and could spawn tornadoes from parts of Texas and Oklahoma into the Ozarks.
The storms could produce EF-2 or stronger tornadoes, and hail larger than 2 inches in diameter, along with severe wind gusts.
The severe weather threat will continue into tonight across much of Oklahoma and into the Ozarks.
Though tornadic activity typically starts in April and runs through June, May is historically the most active month for tornadoes in the US, according to long-term weather records.
An average of 294 tornadoes are spawned during the month, and the start of this month has been no exception.
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NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued an 'Enhanced Risk' warning for a large swath of the country.
A string of tornadoes struck Oklahoma on Monday, followed by a trail of wind damage from the Ohio Valley to western Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
The storms downed trees and power lines across the area and left at least one driver in Pittsburgh injured when a tree fell on a gas station, according to the National Weather Service.
More severe weather is likely Thursday afternoon and evening across parts of the Southern Plains, Ark-La-Tex, Ozarks and lower to mid-Mississippi Valley.
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Northeastern Texas into southeastern Oklahoma, northwestern Louisiana and much of Arkansas are likely to face the greatest threat, with destructive wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes likely.
And as we head into the weekend, Friday could see severe thunderstorms extend from parts of the Gulf Coast states northward into the Tennessee and Ohio valleys.
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On Saturday, the storms will continue, with large hail and damaging wind gusts possible from central Nebraska to north-central Kansas.
Sunday will see the Central Plains to the lower Missouri Valley experience similar storms and threat of damage.
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