Central U.S. braces for storms after tornado series hits area

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Posted: May 17, 2015 8:54 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and flash floods were predicted for several central U.S. states on Sunday after a tornado series hit large parts of the area a day earlier, cutting power lines and damaging structures.

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas were either under a flash flood watch or flash flood warning on Sunday morning as thunderstorms battered several central states, the National Weather Service said.

There were 29 reported tornadoes on Saturday that hit states ranging from Louisiana to Wyoming, it said.

Texas and Oklahoma were the hardest hit but there were no reports on Sunday morning of major damage or deaths. Thousands were without power due to the storms.

"We haven't had any injuries reported as of this morning," Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.

The damage in Oklahoma was mostly in the southwestern and northeastern parts of the state, she said.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flash flood watch for parts of south-central Pennsylvania.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Hugh Lawson)