NORMAN, OKLA. — A wide swath of central Kansas including Barton County has been placed into a tornado watch by the NWS Storm Prediction Center at 2:45 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The area stretches from southwest Iowa, central Kansas and southeast Nebraska.
Primary threats include a few tornadoes likely with a couple intense tornadoes possible. Widespread large hail and scattered very large hail events to 3.5 inches in diameter possible. Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts to 75 mph possible.
The first severe thunderstorm of the spring season was issued at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
The warning was issued for east central Trego County and central Ellis County until 345 p.m. At 253 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles east of Cedar Bluff, moving northeast at 40 mph. Two-inch hail and 60 mph winds were radar indicated.
Locations impacted include Hays, Ellis, Catherine, Yocemento and Emmeram.
SUMMARY...Several severe storms are expected to develop along the dryline and quasi-stationary front through this evening. Tornadoes, very large hail, and damaging winds are anticipated.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 70 statute miles east and west of a line from 40 miles southwest of Medicine Lodge to 30 miles west northwest of Tekamah, Neb.
REMEMBER...A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.