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Dangerous Storms to Erupt in Plains Sunday

Sunday will likely be the stage for the worst severe weather outbreak so far this year after a quiet start to the 2014 severe weather season.

People from eastern Texas to central Iowa should pay close attention to Sunday's weather as storms develop and strengthen during the afternoon with damaging winds, large hail and vigorous tornadoes all possible.

If you have plans to spend any time in the outdoors, you should pay close attention to the forecast and fast-changing weather conditions so you don't get stuck in the middle of a severe thunderstorm.

Now would be a good time to review tornado safety measures and make a plan in case you are impacted by one of these severe storms.

The worst of the storms will develop on Sunday afternoon and into the evening hours with the greatest risk of tornadoes centered around the state of Arkansas.

Some tornadoes that develop in this area could be long-lived, tracking on the ground for many miles before the storm weakens and the twister lifts off the ground.

An added danger will accompany the storms as they continue into Sunday night with the cover of darkness making it difficult to see a storm as it approaches.

It is important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

A tornado watch means that conditions are conducive to the development of thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado. Meanwhile, a warning means that a tornado is imminent or may already be on the ground.

If you find yourself in a tornado warning, you should take shelter until the storm has passed and the tornado warning has been lifted.

The threat for severe weather will slowly shift eastward heading into the start of this week, stretching from Alabama to Ohio on both Monday and Tuesday.