Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes will continue to increase across the nation's midsection Sunday afternoon as the worst severe weather outbreak so far this year unfolds.
Thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds have been rattling parts of northeastern Texas, Oklahoma, eastern Kansas and Arkansas since daybreak Sunday.
Similar such thunderstorms will continue to erupt from Nebraska and western Iowa to Missouri, Arkansas, far eastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas and northern Louisiana through early Sunday evening.
The strongest thunderstorms will also spawn tornadoes with the danger zone greatest in the vicinity of Arkansas and southern Missouri. Little Rock, Ark., lies within this zone.
UPDATES: (All times in central time)
1:10 p.m. CDT Sunday: A thunderstorm that caused tree damage in Warrensburg, Missouri, it tracking toward Sweet Springs, Missouri.
12:53 p.m. CDT Sunday: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Odessa, Missouri, and was tracking toward the communities of Dover and Carrollton. This thunderstorm produced a 60-mph wind gust in Odessa.
12:40 p.m. CDT Sunday: A line of thunderstorms with a history of producing hail and damaging winds continues to track across northwestern Missouri.
12:30 p.m. CDT Sunday: The environment is becoming more conducive for the development of tornadoes in the vicinity of western Arkansas. Thunderstorms capable of spawning tornadoes will begin to increase in coverage across this area during the mid-afternoon hours.
12:25 p.m. CDT Sunday: National Weather Service observer reports penny-sized hail from a thunderstorm eight miles west of Callaway, Neb.
12:04 p.m. CDT Sunday: While a line of severe thunderstorms is pressing into Missouri, AccuWeather.com meteorologists remain concerned for tornadic thunderstorms to erupt across far eastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas and Arkansas as the afternoon progresses.
11:56 a.m. CDT Sunday: AccuWeather.com meteorologists identified central Nebraska as another area at risk for strong thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.
11:49 a.m. CDT Sunday: Winds gusted to 57 mph when a line of severe thunderstorms tracked across the Kansas City International Airport, Mo.
11:40 a.m. CDT Sunday: Quarter-sized hail slammed Parkville, Mo.
11:25 a.m. CDT Sunday: A thunderstorm dropped golf ball-sized hail on Overland Park, Kan., according to a National Weather Service spotter.