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Massive hail and intense wind is pounding portions of the U.S. It's the start of what could be an intense severe weather outbreak.

Massive hail, possible tornadoes in U.S. midwest

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 6:26 PM - Severe storms are firing up in Nebraska and Iowa, producing damaging hail and prompting tornado watches in both states.

Forecasters say all the conditions in central portions of the U.S. are pointing towards a severe weather outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa Tuesday evening.

There have been multiple reports of baseball-sized hail in Nebraska, along with wind gusts up to 160 kilometres per hour.

A possible tornado has been spotted near the communities of Ord and Elimra, but it has yet to be confirmed.

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The potential for dangerous storms is in place for a large portion of the midwest, with the threat expected to continue through the evening.

According to the National Weather Service in the U.S., Nebraska, parts of Iowa and northeastern Missouri are at the greatest risk of seeing severe storms.

"The system that's blasting through Omaha is the start of a derecho," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon, referring to a storm that contains strong straight-line winds.

More than 100 mm of rain is expected in some places.

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