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More severe weather forecast for Oklahoma

Several storms produced straight line wind damage and heavy repeated rain, causing flash flooding.

FILE: The suburb of Moore in Oklahoma was reduced to rubble after a massive tornado hit on 20 May 2013. Picture: Nicholas Oxford via twitte

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - Another round of dangerous weather, spawning baseball-sized hail and tornadoes, was predicted for Oklahoma and parts of the Ozarks on Friday, a day after more than a dozen reported twisters ripped through the region, U.S. forecasters said.

Storms in Oklahoma and Arkansas left an Arkansas county sheriff dead and at least one man missing in an attempted water rescue and at least five other people injured elsewhere, officials said.

"The atmosphere will become extremely unstable this afternoon, especially in Oklahoma, while winds in the atmosphere will be favourable for organized severe storms, including a few super cell thunderstorms," the National Weather Service said in an advisory.

A spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Keith Stephens said, "The body of County Sheriff Cody Carpenter was recovered early Friday."

Authorities continued to search for another person missing after Thursday night's rescue attempt along the Fourche La Fave River.

Arkansas had numerous reports of damage from high winds, heavy rain and possible tornadoes. Entergy Arkansas reported more than 30,000 customers without power.

Brian Smith, a National Weather Service forecaster in North Little Rock, said damage assessment teams were surveying several counties on Friday after the reports of several tornadoes.

Several storms produced straight line wind damage and heavy repeated rain, causing flash flooding across Arkansas, he said.

Little Rock received more than 3 inches (7.6 cm) of rain in one hour, breaking the hourly record for the state capital, with more thunderstorms and heavy rain possible on Friday, he said.

"Very large hail to the size of baseballs or larger can be expected with the most intense storms late this afternoon and evening," the Weather Service advisory said.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as Springfield, Missouri may all be buffeted by Friday's severe weather and possible tornado touchdowns, said Rich Thompson, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Centre in Norman, Oklahoma.

The twisters on Thursday sent Oklahoma residents scrambling for cover 10 days after a deadly EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, and killed 24 people. The May 20 tornado damaged or destroyed about 13,000 homes in the Oklahoma City suburb.

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