UPDATE: Sunday, May 19, 2013
A tornado watch until 10 p.m. has been issued for counties in south-central and north-central Kansas.
In south-central Kansas, the watch includes Barber, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick, Stafford and Sumner counties. This watch does include the city of Wichita.
The watch for north-central Kansas includes Cloud, Dickinson Ottawa, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Rice, Saline, Jewel and Mitchell counties.
Stay with KAKE throughout the day as we continue to track this possible severe weather outbreak.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Parts of KAKEland will be under the gun for severe weather again today.
After pounding parts of the state with severe weather yesterday, Mother Nature looks poised for a repeat performance today. This time, the eastern half of the state will be in the severe weather bull's-eye including Wichita, Salina, Winfield and El Dorado.
A few morning showers will move out of the area to the east, allowing some sunshine to return. The sunshine will help to destabilize the atmosphere, which is already rich with moisture. This will set the stage for explosive thunderstorm development this afternoon as a dryline and cold front sweep across the state.
Thunderstorms are expected to fire near the I-135 corridor by mid to late afternoon and move to the northeast. Timing will be very important today. If the storms begin to build west of I-135, towns such as Wichita, Salina, and points east will have a higher chance of seeing severe weather. However, if the storms fire near or just east of I-135, the greatest severe weather risk will shift to cities east of the Kansas Turnpike including Winfield, El Dorado, Eureka, and Emporia.
All types of severe weather will be possible with the storms including, large destructive hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. If the storms can remain isolated, there is the possibility for a couple of significant/violent tornadoes, especially along and east of the Turnpike. The highest severe weather risk should shift into eastern Kansas and western Missouri overnight.
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KAKE First Alert Storm Tracker Bryce Kintigh captured the following tornado video near Rozel Saturday evening.