Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00
HOUSTON - A number of storms swept Saturday into the U.S. midsection, as the country's weather service issued severe storm warnings for midwest states over the weekend.
The region had 17 preliminary tornado reports by 5:30 p.m. ET (0130 GMT) Saturday, with only minor damage being reported, according to CNN.
The weather service warned of a "high risk" of severe thunderstorms into Sunday in portions of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.
More than a dozen active tornado warnings and four tornado watches were reportedly in effect late Saturday afternoon.
At least four apparent tornadoes were reported in southwestern Kansas, and at least three possible tornadoes were reported west and north of Oklahoma city.
Storms were also reported in other parts of the U.S. Midwest.
The tornado season in the United States started early this year. Tornadoes have caused over 50 deaths in the Midwest and South states of the country since the beginning of this year.
Earlier this month, about a dozen of tornadoes battered Texas, wounding more than 10 people and causing widespread damage estimated at many millions of U.S. dollars.
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