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Hail, Tornado Threats Return to Midwest with Weekend Storm

Destructive hail and winds over 75 miles per hour are expected to hit the Midwest on Saturday as severe storms — with the threat of isolated tornadoes — head east.

The storm system, which stretches from South Dakota and Minnesota down to western Texas, will pass the central United States — with the worst weather likely to begin Saturday afternoon and continue into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri could see isolated tornadoes.

"It should be a fairly significant event today and then be less for tomorrow as it heads east," said Mark Ressler, a lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Large golfball- and baseball-sized hail could cause major damage to areas hit earlier this month by a similar severe storm system.

In addition, strong winds are expected to slam some areas.

Residents across the Midwest and Plains states should "just remain alert to the changing weather," Ressler suggested.

Conditions should improve Sunday as the storm system heads toward the East Coast, where it is expected to weaken.

Saturday will be the 12th consecutive day that severe weather is reported nationwide, according to meteorologists. On Friday, severe storms caused downed trees and power lines in New York and New Jersey.

Texas also got a preview of Saturday's bad weather, with hail hitting Austin and tornadoes affecting rural counties in the central region of the state.

— Jacob Passy