More tornadoes expected in central U.S. Monday

Forecasters are predicting more tornadoes to strike parts of the central U.S. Monday, in areas still recovering from severe weather outbreaks that hit Sunday.

An area home to more than 5 million people, stretching from northern Texas, through parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas to southern Missouri, faces elevated risks of severe weather and tornadoes, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The most significant risk of tornadoes is expected in southeastern Oklahoma.

A much larger area, from central Texas up to the Great Lakes, could see severe storms Monday. Strong to severe storms are possible for nearly all of the eastern half of the country as well as the Rocky Mountain region, according to the storm center.

"A very moist atmosphere will become quite unstable again today," the forecasters said. "This combined with strong favorable winds aloft will result in a risk of a few strong tornadoes, very large hail and damaging winds in the most intense storms."

In Maryland, isolated thunderstorms are possible Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. severe weather expert Henry Margusity writes in his blog that as many as 25 tornadoes could be reported Monday, about as many as were seen Sunday. Much of the same areas in the central U.S. face slightly decreased but still significant storm chances Tuesday, he writes.

A massive storm front hammered the region on Sunday with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City. News reports said one man was killed and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed in Shawnee, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City.

More than two dozen tornadoes were spotted in Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and local news reports. Hail stones, some as large as baseballs, were reported from Georgia to Minnesota, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared 16 counties of the state disaster areas, according to Jerry Lojka, a spokesman for the state emergency management department.

Reuters contributed to this post. 

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