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SEVERE WEATHER BRINGS TORNADOES TO CENTRAL PLAINS, STORMS EXPECTED AGAIN

NOAA image of NOAA weather map for April 24, 2007.April 24, 2007 Scoring a near-perfect bull's-eye for NOAA weather forecasters, severe storms Monday brought tornadoes, large hail and high winds to the Central Plains. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., received 26 tornado reports on Monday, 18 reports of high winds and 79 reports of large hail. As of Tuesday morning there were no reports of serious injuries or major damage to structures. (Click NOAA image for larger view of NOAA weather map for April 24, 2007. Please credit “NOAA.”)

The storms generated in an area that had been rated at moderate risk of severe weather. The area of moderate risk shifts to the east Tuesday, to cover the eastern halves of Kansas and Oklahoma, extreme western Missouri and part of northeast Texas.

NOAA Storm Prediction Center officials noted 10 tornado reports from northwest and southwest Kansas, 9 in central Texas and one in Val Verde County, Texas, near Del Rio. There were three reports of tornadoes in Ellis and Harper counties in Oklahoma, two in southwest Nebraska and one in Yuma County in northeast Colorado.

Forecasters at the NOAA National Weather Service Wichita forecast office urged residents and travelers in central and eastern Kansas to stay alert for developing storms. "It looks like Wichita is right in the bull's-eye for this," NOAA meteorologist Chris Bowman in Wichita said.

"This promises to be another very active day for severe weather," NOAA National Weather Service Central Region Director Lynn Maximuk said. "Residents and travelers in the affected areas should keep an eye on the sky and listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and commercial broadcasters for updates on weather conditions. Tornadoes and large hail are the obvious hazards, but heavy rains and flash floods can be just as deadly as tornadoes."

The NOAA Hydrometeorological Prediction Center reported heavy overnight rains of more than 2 inches across portions of Nebraska and Kansas had caused urban and small stream flooding with some rural roads washed out. Heavy rains and flash flooding are expected to be a problem again Tuesday in all or parts of east Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, southern Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, southern Iowa, southwest Illinois, eastern Kentucky and northeast Louisiana.

While severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding will cause major problems for the central part of the country, heavy snow is expected across the mountains of central and north-central Colorado, where winter storm warnings for 1 feet to 2 feet of snow are in effect for elevations above 6,000 feet.

High winds, high temperatures and low humidity will bring a high fire danger to west Texas and southern New Mexico, according to NOAA forecasts, with Red Flag Warnings in effect in both states.

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