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The severe storm warning puts at least 90 million Americans on alert for tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hailstones and 80 mph winds

MORE than 90 million people brace for dangerous weather on Sunday as severe thunderstorms threaten tornadoes, hail the size of tennis balls and winds of 80mph.

The storm will be concentrated along a cold front that will slowly sweep across the Midwest through tonight before heading east.

A severe storm warning is in place for much of the Midwest, threatening damaging winds and the possibility of tennis ball-sized hail and tornadoes

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A severe storm warning is in place for much of the Midwest, threatening damaging winds and the possibility of tennis ball-sized hail and tornadoesCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

Parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are at an increased risk of severe thunderstorms today, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service.

The NOAA Storm Prediction Center says hail the size of tennis balls is possible in the area, along with damaging winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour. Tornadoes are also a potential threat.

The warning applies until the evening.

Isolated areas of heavy rain, leading to flash flooding, may also occur over parts of southwestern Missouri into northwestern Arkansas.

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More isolated severe storms are possible later in the afternoon in the inner Pacific Northwest.

A low risk of severe thunderstorms exists over parts of the interior Northeast and mid-Atlantic where locally damaging winds, some hail and a tornado are possible.

Another severe thunderstorm vigil is in effect through 1 p.m. Central Time for parts of Kansas and Missouri. Hail of up to two inches and wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour may be likely.

Northeast Oklahoma, Southeast Kansas, Northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri are at an “elevated” Level 3 out of 5 risk for severe storms, according to the SPC. Flash floods are also a threat.

However, the bad weather is also spreading to nearby cities, including Indianapolis, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tulsa, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio.

The threat will shift east Monday as the cold front advances, with a risk of severe storms from Georgia to Maine.

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The Northeast, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and New York, is at level three out of five risk for severe storms.

The biggest risks on Monday will be locally damaging winds and some hail, and a tornado or two will also be possible in the afternoon.

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