The Latest: Scattered storms expected in Midwest, South


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central and eastern U.S. (all times local):

9 a.m.

Forecasters are predicting stormy weather in parts of the Midwest and South but strong tornadoes are looking less likely.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says an area stretching from New Orleans to central Illinois could see scattered storms with strong winds and hail on Wednesday. Severe thunderstorm watches have been issued for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, where forecasters say wind gusts of up to 75 mph are possible.

But the Storm Prediction Center says the overall storm risk is lower than on Tuesday, when forecasters warned that conditions were ripe for a severe weather outbreak.

Many areas saw large hail and strong winds, but the Storm Prediction Center received just five unconfirmed reports of tornadoes — two in Texas and one each in Indiana, Kansas and Missouri.

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8:35 a.m.

Several Missouri communities are experiencing minor to moderate flooding after a spring storm swept through the state.

Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday for several communities, largely in the western part of the state. Counties affected include Andrew, Buchanan, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Holt, Jackson and Platte counties.

The warnings come as the state’s southwest cleans up from strong winds. The National Weather Service is reporting snapped tree limbs in Christian and Taney counties and toppled power poles in Stone County. Winds blew the roof off a house in Jasper County and damaged a brick structure in Barton County.

Wind gusts of more than 60 mph were reported in Vernon and St. Clair counties. Half-inch size hail also was reported in Franklin County in eastern Missouri.

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6:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service is investigating reports of two possible tornadoes southwest Indiana after spring storms moved through the state.

Preliminary reports indicate a tornado may have hit the Evansville area, 170 miles southwest of Indianapolis, on Tuesday. The weather service office in Paducah, Kentucky, is sending a damage survey team to the area on Wednesday.

Forecasters in Indianapolis say another possible tornado damaged a barn Tuesday evening, near the town of Worthington. Indianapolis forecasters say they are investigating that report.

Thunderstorms developed Tuesday in Indiana as a cold front moved into the central part of the state. The storms produced large hail.

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3:45 a.m.

A tornado caused injuries in northern Texas amid a series of storms that brought hail and high winds to the nation’s midsection.

Howe Police Chief Carl Hudman says four people were injured when vehicles they were in were caught up in a tornado that hit the town north of Dallas on Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

No deaths have been reported.

The Nation Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said 60 million people from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest east to North Carolina and Virginia should be alert for strong storms on Wednesday. The nastiest weather was predicted for an area from Houston north into part of Iowa.

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1:45 a.m.

The nation’s midsection is facing another day of foul weather after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.

The Nation Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said 60 million people from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest east to North Carolina and Virginia should be alert for strong storms on Wednesday. The nastiest weather was predicted for an area from Houston north into part of Iowa.

A day earlier, hail as big as grapefruit fell in northern Kansas, while winds approaching hurricane force raked communities from Nebraska and Missouri to Texas.

Uprooted trees, downed power lines and roof damage were reported in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. No deaths or injuries were reported.

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