More violent storms possible in Southern Plains

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of possible severe weather in the southern Plains today.

The Storm Prediction Center says storms could bring baseball-size hail, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and tornadoes to west-central Kansas, west-central Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

Strong storms are already moving across the Texas Panhandle into North Texas, bringing hail and punishing winds that have knocked out power to thousands.

Severe weather raked parts of northern Illinois last night. As many as 7,100 homes and businesses were left without power and minor flooding was reported.

In Michigan, the National Weather Service says it received reports of funnel clouds in the Kalamazoo area.

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113-w-32-(Martin Di Caro, AP correspondent, with Chris Broyles, forecaster, Storm Prediction Center)–Residents of the Central Plains will want to pay attention to weather warnings again today. AP correspondent Martin Di Caro reports. (29 May 2013)

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043-a-07-(Marie Ballou (bal-OO’), emergency management coordinator, Ottawa County, in AP interview)-”a mile wide”-Ottawa County emergency management coordinator Marie Ballou says the tornado that ripped through the county was very large. Updated: 05/29/2013-05:48:20 AM ET (29 May 2013)

<<CUT *043 (05/29/13)>> 00:07 “a mile wide”

042-a-12-(Marie Ballou (bal-OO’), emergency management coordinator, Ottawa County, in AP interview)-”to the tornado”-Ottawa County emergency management coordinator Marie Ballou says powerful storms damaged some homes and other buildings but no one was injured. Updated: 05/29/2013-05:48:20 AM ET (29 May 2013)

<<CUT *042 (05/29/13)>> 00:12 “to the tornado”

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