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Threat of severe storms and tornadoes returns to central states

After a brief respite, severe weather season is set to roar to life once again. Tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are possible across portions of the central and southern Plains over the next several days, with the possibility of a more widespread threat of severe weather next week.

Some of the areas at risk include those hit Friday and over the weekend. Back-to-back tornado outbreaks ravaged Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma, with 106 tornadoes reported over the central states since Thursday. The National Weather Service rated eight of them EF3 on the 0-to-5 Enhanced Fujita Scale for intensity, meaning they had winds estimated at over 135 mph.

Marietta, a town in southern Oklahoma along Interstate 35, endured EF4 damage, with winds estimated at up to 170 mph. It was the first EF4 twister to hit the Sooner State since 2016.


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