- Associated Press - Thursday, June 15, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail are possible from northern Oklahoma to central Kansas.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said Thursday there is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms in an area of the Sothern Plains that covers more than 45,000 square miles and is home to about 1.6 million people.

Forecasters say there is also a slight risk of severe thunderstorms in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and the Central Plains to northwestern Texas, an area encompassing almost 14 million people.

Thunderstorm development is likely along a dryline extending south-southwest across the Southern Plains. Warm temperatures and high humidity will likely result in thunderstorm development Thursday afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say strong winds and large hail will be the primary threat.

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