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Severe storms to threaten damaging winds from Kansas to Tennessee Thursday

The risk of thunderstorms strong enough to cause property damage and power outages will increase across portions of the south-central United States into Thursday night.

The storms can produce the full spectrum of severe weather ranging from large hail, torrential downpours to frequent lightning strikes and damaging wind gusts. A few of the strongest storms have the potential to produce a tornado as well.

The first storms will erupt over portions of southeastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas during Thursday afternoon.

Static Severe Thursday

Major cities that could be affected by adverse and dangerous weather conditions include Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springfield, Missouri; and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

A few gusty storms can also fire farther south toward northeastern Texas.

During Thursday night into early Friday, storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts may drift across Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi and northern Alabama.

"It is possible that a line of thunderstorms with high winds, perhaps similar to a derecho, sweeps eastward across Tennessee Thursday night," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

People in the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, should be on guard for the damaging storm potential Thursday night.

Following the severe weather threat into early Friday, a colder storm will drop southeastward across the central U.S. with the potential for accumulating snow in portions of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys, as well as the southern Appalachians this weekend.