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Tornado watch issued for Kansas

Flash flood watch also issued

POSTED May 18, 2017 8:46 a.m.
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WICHITA -- National Weather Service officials in Wichita issued a tornado watch for a  wide swath of Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday including Barton, Stafford, Rush, Rice, and Pawnee counties.

Golf ball (1.75 inch) to baseball sized (2.75-inch) hail, damaging winds up to 75 mph and flood producing heavy rain are possible. A flash flood watch covers southern and south central Kansas Thursday.

The weather warnings started in northern Oklahoma. A tornado watch is issued for northerrn and western Oklahoma until 8 p.m. Washita and Caddo counties were under tornado warnings. Custer and Kiowa counties in Oklahoma were under thderstorm warnings.r

The atmosphere is becoming unstable across southern Kansas and Oklahoma as richer gulf moisture streams northward with warm front lifting slowly north. Thunderstorms could develop by 3 p.m. for highlighted area with severe weather likely.

A few strong tornadoes are possible. The greatest potential for this higher-end severe weather will be generally south of I-70 and west of I-135. Make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings and know ahead of time what you will do when severe weather threatens.

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