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Storm could bring strong winds, damaging hail to Oklahoma

Forecasters are predicting severe thunderstorms, including strong winds and large hail, across much of the state Tuesday.

Storms are expected to be most powerful across the western third of the state, said Kevin Brown, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Norman office. That area includes Lawton, Altus, Clinton and Woodward.

In that area, residents could see strong, possibly damaging winds and hail up to tennis ball size. Storms are expected to reach western Oklahoma by late afternoon or early evening.

“We can't rule out a tornado or two, but that's not our main concern at this point," Brown said.

The line of storms is expected to weaken before making its way into central Oklahoma late Tuesday or early Wednesday, Brown said. Residents in the Oklahoma City metro area can expect to see damaging winds and smaller hail.

Forecasters say another round of severe weather could move into the state Thursday, bringing heavy rain, particularly across the southeast half of the state. The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center forecasts up to 4 inches of rain across central, north-central and south-central Oklahoma over the next week, with lighter rainfall totals elsewhere in the state.

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 ›