Warnings of 'Violent' Tornadoes in Kansas

GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) _ Large hail, strong winds and heavy rain are reported in northwest Kansas in a powerful storm system that could produce large tornadoes in the state before nightfall.

In a strongly-worded statement Thursday, the National Weather Service warned that parts of Kansas could see hail bigger than baseballs, 80-mph-plus winds and "a few strong to violent long-lived tornadoes.''

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms will form by late afternoon in central and south-central Kansas and move toward eastern Kansas, Nebraska, northwestern Missouri and Iowa.

Heavy rainfall and localized flooding are also possible, especially late Thursday night in southeast Kansas.

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