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Major Severe Weather, Tornadoes to Peak Wednesday Across the Region

The National Weather Service expects several large-scale tornadoes

A major weather outbreak with widespread severe storms and tornadoes, some significant, is expected Wednesday across the central United States and Mississippi Valley. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has posted a somewhat rare level 4 out of 5 risk of severe weather that covers more than 5 million Americans, but broader severe storm chances cover about 40 million.

"Several tornadoes with some strong, widespread damaging winds, some of which could be significant, and large to very large hail will likely occur," wrote the Storm Prediction Center.

Storms on Monday dropped softball-size hail and a few tornadoes in Arkansas, triggering a dire “tornado emergency” at the Air Force base north of Little Rock. A powerful tornado on Tuesday narrowly missed Jarrell, Tex., on a path to the northwest; the town was largely leveled on May 27, 1997, by an F5 tornado that killed 27 people. Other tornadoes touched down in Iowa.

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