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From Omaha to Atlanta, over 100 tornadoes predicted, severe weather

Nearly the entire South, most of the Midwest brace for potentially deadly weather.

By Matt Bradwell
From Omaha to Atlanta, over 100 tornadoes predicted, severe weather
Residents sort through the rubble after their home was destroyed in Washington, Illinois on November 18, 2013. Six people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed in Illinois as 81 tornadoes were sighted on November 17 throughout 12 midwest states including the EF4 tornado that struck Washington, Illinois. (Brian Kersey/UPI) | License Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 27 (UPI) -- Meteorologists warn Americans from the central Plains of Nebraska to the Florida Panhandle to brace for a wide variety of severe weather in the week ahead.

More than a hundred tornadoes are expected for nearly the half the nation, with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center projecting the likelihood of funnel clouds developing into potentially deadly tornadoes to increase with each passing hour.

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Residents of Arkansas and Missouri have the greatest tornado risk, but virtually the entire South and most of the Midwest must brace for some form of severe weather. Forecasters also predict baseball-sized hail and winds up to 75 mph.

Severe thunderstorms have already forced organizers to delay the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, a race held to commemorate victims of the 1995 domestic terrorist attack. The weather pattern is currently expected to last throughout the week, potentially clearing up Friday or Saturday.

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