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April 26, 2014

Pittsburg County severe weather outlook

Severe weather likely Sunday afternoon

McALESTER — Severe storms are likely Sunday with a threat of tornadoes, according to the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service.

Although thunderstorms are expected to start early morning Sunday, severe thunderstorms are expected to develop Sunday afternoon in eastern Oklahoma most likely east of a line from Bartlesville to McAlester to Boswell, according to the NWS.

The NWS says storms may initially be widely scattered as they intensify, but will become more numerous after 5 p.m. as the storms move toward western Arkansas. The storms will likely reach their greatest intensity Sunday after noon once they are into far eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

Tornadoes, wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour and 3 inch hail could occur within the most intense cells, according to NWS.

The NWS says there is some uncertainty relating to the specific areas that will be at most risk, parts of Arkansas and perhaps extreme eastern Oklahoma are expected to experience life-threatening storms Sunday evening.

The threat includes the potential for strong and possibly long-track tornadoes, the NWS says.

The NWS says those who live in Arkansas or extreme eastern Oklahoma should review your severe action plans. This should be done not only for your home, but also for where you expect to be Sunday evening. This is a good time to check battery-powered devices and ensure your family can quickly seek shelter if necessary.

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