Storms delay Oklahoma marathon, threaten wide area

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters are warning people in the nation's midsection to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes and hurricane-force winds today.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says the chance of tornadoes will rise throughout the day, centered in an area stretching from Omaha, Nebraska, south to northern Louisiana.

Forecasters say Arkansas is at greatest risk for intense tornadoes, along with western and central Missouri.

They say areas that don't see tornadoes could be hit with hail up to the size of baseballs and winds gusting to 75 mph.

Hail and high winds delayed the start of a marathon in Oklahoma City this morning. The race dedicated to victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing started more than an hour and a-half late.