More severe weather is expected to bear down on parts of the South and Midwest later today, just hours after violent twisters killed 17 people and reduced neighborhoods to rubble in the region.
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Tornado watches are in effect today for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.
"Wind damage and hail should be the primary threats, but a tornado can not be ruled out," the National Weather Service said in a warning. WATCH: Deadly Tornadoes Leave Extensive Damage
Forecasters predict that large hail and winds of up to 70 mph could wallop the area. Residents are being warned to be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.
The severe weather is expected to extend into parts of the Midwest, with Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky at risk of severe storms, according to forecasters, and could continue on through Wednesday.
The bulk of the destruction overnight happened in Arkansas, where at least 14 victims were killed when a tornado tore through the state.
At least one other person died in Quapaw, a small northeastern city near Oklahoma’s borders with Kansas and Missouri.