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Severe Storms Threaten Texas, Oklahoma and Florida

Following a round of severe storms from Texas to Georgia on Easter Sunday, potentially damaging thunderstorms are expected to fire across portions of the U.S. on Monday afternoon and evening.

There will be two separate thunderstorm risk areas, including one in the southern High Plains and the other in southeastern Florida.

Plains Severe Risk
A storm will reach western Texas by the afternoon, igniting thunderstorms across the Texas Panhandle and southwestern Oklahoma. Enough moisture will arrive by the afternoon to support the growth of severe storms.

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The strongest storms could produce hail the size of quarters and larger and damaging wind gusts above 60 mph. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, are among the cities and towns that may be in the path of severe storms this afternoon.

The threat of violent storms will shift farther south and east overnight, putting Abilene, Texas, at risk.

Florida Severe Risk
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Fla., are among the cities that will lie of the path of severe storms in Florida on Monday.

The storms will ignite when daytime heating reduces the instability of the atmosphere during the afternoon.

Main concerns with the thunderstorms are strong winds and hail; however, it is not out of the question that the strongest storms can produce a tornado.