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Tornadoes target the midwest

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Apr 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-14 19:32:24-04

Some folks in the midwest are expecting the worst.
Weather forecasters there say today is providing all the right ingredients to form violent and potentially deadly long track tornadoes.

Damage was relatively slight from one twister that briefly touched down near the University of Oklahoma on Friday afternoon. But according to the National Weather Service, it could be the first of many more to come.

The Storm Prediction Center In Norman says 5.5 million americans fall under the scope of the coming storm which they call a “high end life-threatening event.”

As lightning strikes lit up the slate gray skies and ugly formations gathered across computer screens at the Weather Service. Forecasters sent out a high risk alert a full day ahead of the system that now jeopardizes areas from Iowa to Texas. They spoke of the need to have a plan to take shelter and to stay alert to the latest bulletins.

“We want to make certain that we do every effort to make sure people receive those, can act on those and can make themselves safe.” Said Mike Foster, National Weather Service meteorologist from En Spot.

It has been an unusually active and deadly spring. This March was the fourth deadliest on record.