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Severe Weather Outbreak to Target Nebraska to Texas Saturday

One of the worst severe weather outbreaks of 2015 is set to unfold on Saturday across the southern Plains, putting lives and property in danger.

People from southern Nebraska through central Texas should be on high alert on Saturday afternoon as violent storms quickly develop and continue to impact the region through the evening.

"All of the ingredients will be in place for Saturday to unfold as one of the most substantial severe weather outbreaks of 2015," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Becky Elliott.

Damaging wind gusts past 65 mph, hail as large as baseballs and long-lived tornadoes will all be possible with thunderstorms that develop during the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday.

Western Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma appear to be the areas at highest risk of being affected by supercells capable of producing large and long-lived tornadoes.

"There is the potential for significant damage to property, especially if one of the tornadoes hits a town," said AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity.

People across the southern Plains should have a plan in place and know what to do when a tornado is approaching.

"Residents should have a way to receive warnings and know where they will go to take shelter if a tornado moves their way," said Elliott.

Even if an approaching thunderstorm is not strong enough to produce a tornado, you should still seek shelter and stay away from doors and windows due to the dangers of lightning, damaging winds and large hail.

People should also remain mindful of the weather throughout the entire day on Saturday. Some areas could be hit by multiple thunderstorms, meaning that you should not let your guard down after the first storm has passed.

Areas that were hit by thunderstorms multiple times over the course of this past week could get hit once again over the weekend by another strong, drenching thunderstorm.

Flash flooding could prove to be the biggest impact for these locations as they have faced over a month's worth of rain in under a week. This includes Oklahoma City, which has received more than double their typical May rainfall total since Tuesday.

If heavy downpours associated with a thunderstorm moved over the city, it might not take long before urban flooding occurs, forcing some road closures and travel delays. These impacts will likely last after the storm has passed until the flood waters have a time to recede.

Fans at this week's NASCAR race in Kansas City should also be mindful of the thunderstorms as they can cause interruptions during the race, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Another round of dangerous thunderstorms is on tap for the Plains on Sunday. However, the corridor of strong storms is expected to shift eastward towards the Midwest.

"Sunday does not look to be as volatile as Saturday, but all modes of severe weather are still on the table," said Elliott.

"Isolated tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding will lash Kansas City to San Antonio on Sunday afternoon."

While Sunday's storms are not expected to be as violent as the storms on Saturday, they can still put lives and property at risk as well as interrupt travel across the region.

Dallas is one of the cities in the Plains that could face severe weather both days this weekend, not good news for those looking to spend part of the weekend in the outdoors.

Keep up to date with the latest watches and warning at the AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center and follow live updates concerning the severe weather with AccuWeather's @BreakingWeather Twitter account.