National Weather Service: High tornado risk Saturday in Kansas, Oklahoma

The Storm Prediction Center said there is a high risk of severe systems across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, with a tornado outbreak likely across the Southern and Central Plains States on Saturday, April 14, 2012, beginning in the afternoon into the evening and overnight. National Weather Service

(AP) NORMAN, Okla. - The Storm Prediction Center says a dangerous tornado outbreak is likely Saturday in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma as intense storms move into the southern Plains.

Forecasters at the center in Norman, Okla., say there's a high risk of severe weather from Oklahoma City north to Salina, Kan.

The severe storms are expected to strike Saturday afternoon and evening.

They warn that baseball-sized hail could pummel some isolated areas and winds of up to 70 mph are possible.

The Storm Prediction Center says Saturday's outbreak could be a "high-end life threatening event."

Storm Prediction Center (National Weather Service)

Forecasters say there's a slight risk of severe weather Saturday in the country's midsection, stretching from central Texas northeast to Iowa.

The Storm Prediction Center is part of the National Weather Service.

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