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April 26, 2014

Severe weather forecast for Sunday

JOPLIN, Mo. — The National Weather Service is asking residents to pay attention throughout Sunday for possible severe weather warnings.

An early round of storms will move into the area in the morning, with rain, dime-size hail and winds of up to 50 miles per hour possible.

A second and more severe round of storms is expected to move into the area in the afternoon and into the evening and could bring with it the possibility of tornadoes and hail “to the size of tennis balls,” according to Andy Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in Springfield.

The National Weather Service report also indicates there is a “high amount of wind energy present in all layers of the atmosphere.” Foster said damaging winds of up to 70 mph also could become a threat later today.

The best chance for tornadoes could be along Interstate 49 in western Missouri and westward into Southeast Kansas early in the evening, and along and south of Missouri Highway 60 through midnight.

The storms also could affect eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, according to Foster.

“We should all be alert ... for severe weather,” he said Saturday evening.

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