DANGER

Plains States Brace for Thunderstorms

This has not been a kind spring to the Plains states. Severe-thunderstorm warnings were in effect Wednesday from eastern New Mexico to Colorado, across Oklahoma, and in parts of Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and southern Missouri. The chance of tornadoes is lower than when powerful twisters struck Oklahoma in the past two weeks, but forecasters still warned that the region could be hit with hail and huge wind gusts. Also under a flash-flood warning were Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas—which had been devastated by the recent tornadoes.