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Major Tornado Outbreak Seen for Midwest
A ?major tornado outbreak? is expected to develop in the central U.S. states surrounding the area where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
A tornado watch, meaning the deadly storms may develop, was posted from Missouri to Ohio, including Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Memphis, according to the National Weather Service.
?The potential is increasing for a major tornado outbreak,? the center said. ?Widespread wind damage and large hail are also a prominent concern through the evening hours.?
Storm damage from flipped trucks, downed power lines and damaged homes has been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri, according to the storm center. As of 3 p.m. New York time, 13 tornadoes were reported across the Midwest.
Tornadoes swept across Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma yesterday, killing 14 people, according to the Associated Press. Earlier this week, at least 123 people were killed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the single deadliest U.S. twister on records going back to 1950.
So far in 2011, tornadoes have killed 504 people, according to the storm center, which is investigating a total of 1,228 twister reports. In the three years prior to this year, 192 people were killed.
From 1990 to 2009, tornadoes caused $97.8 billion in insured U.S. losses, second only to hurricanes, which were responsible for losses of $152.4 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York.
American Airlines and its American Eagle regional carrier canceled 594 flights because of yesterday?s storms and pulled 89 planes from service for possible hail damage.
Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), based at Love Field in Dallas, said it expected to cancel or delay an undetermined number of flights as it checks eight aircraft for damage.
Winds of almost 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour and hail as large as 4.25 inches (11 centimeters) in diameter were reported as storms moved through the Dallas area late yesterday, the National Weather Service said. About 10,000 people were stranded overnight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said David Magana, an airport spokesman.
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