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Strong storms, possible tornadoes expected by late afternoon

Powerful thunderstorms with large hail and possible tornadoes are expected to rumble into the Oklahoma City metro area by late Tuesday afternoon, forecasters predict.

Vivek Mahale, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's Norman office, said storms are expected to sweep into Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon from north Texas. Storms will be most likely in central Oklahoma between 4-9 p.m., and will continue to move east overnight, Mahale said.

Those storms are expected to bring large, potentially damaging hail up to baseball size, wind gusts up to 80 mph and chances for tornadoes. Best chances for tornadoes will be in central, north-central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Enid, Stillwater, Ada and Ardmore, forecasters said.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›