Large hail, tornado sweep Kansas towns

April 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 8 (UPI) -- Thunderstorms ripped central Kansas, pounding Wichita with golf ball-size hail while a weak tornado dropped into the hamlet of Paradise, officials say.

The weekend storms are the prologue to several days of severe weather, reported Monday.

Numerous thunderstorms, some possibly giving birth to tornadoes, are forecast to emerge from northwestern Kansas and move eastward to Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo., and southward into Oklahoma and Texas.

The storms are projected to increase in coverage through Tuesday night, bringing potentially "dangerous and damaging weather conditions" to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Oklahoma City and Wichita, said senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowsky.

Those cities could see strong tornadoes and wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph, creating hail as big as baseballs, forecasters said.

Creeping eastward and southward, the storm could affect Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Houston Wednesday.

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