- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says fierce storms are likely Saturday in a band running through the middle of the nation from Texas north to Minnesota.

Forecasters at the center in Norman, Okla., said Friday the worst weather is expected between Oklahoma City and Salina, Kan., but other areas also could see severe storms with baseball-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph.

The severe storms are expected to strike Saturday afternoon and evening, and the Storm Prediction Center says the outbreak could be a “high-end, life-threatening event.”

The Storm Prediction Center is part of the National Weather Service.