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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Kansas

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Kansas

By Matthew Harding. CREATED Apr 26, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 27, 2014

6:45 AM SUNDAY UPDATE: The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Central and Eastern Kansas until Noon Sunday. Some of the major cities in the watch are Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Topeka, Emporia, Chanute, Winfield and Arkansas City. 

Large hail and strong winds are the chief threats within the watch area. 

So far this morning, the biggest hail report has been 1", which came from South Hutchinson around 5 am. Storms do continue to develop and move to the northeast at about 50 mph. 

Keep it on KFDI and we will keep you updated. 

1:45 AM SUNDAY UPDATE:   Strong thunderstorms began to develop early Sunday morning in northern Oklahoma, and they moved northeast into Sumner and Cowley counties in south central Kansas.  The storms had dime sized hail and 50 mile-an-hour winds, but they did not trigger any severe weather warnings.  Other storms developed in southwest Oklahoma and moved to the northeast.

There is still a chance of isolated storms through Sunday morning, and some could be severe. Some showers will be around later in the morning, and it should be turning partly cloudy for Sunday afternoon.  The main threat for severe weather for much of the day Sunday will be from the Flint Hills into southeast Kansas. 

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Previous Story (Saturday): It is going to be a nice Saturday for much of the state, but the nice weather could be replaced by the sound of thunder and rain.

Much of central Kansas, including Wichita, is in a slight risk for severe weather this evening and tonight.

Our weather partners at Storm Team 12 say the best chances for rain in Wichita will come after sunset.  

Hail and wind are the main threats.  

"The strongest cells that do develop--and they will be few and far between, could produce baseball size hail," says Storm Team 12 Meteorologist Dean Jones. "Our confidence is getting a little bit higher that we are gonna miss out on the tornado threat." 

In addition to the threat for severe weather, there is a wind advisory and red flag warning (for high fire danger) in effect from 1pm-11pm tonight. 

Stay with KFDI throughout the day for the very latest on the chances for severe weather.