Tornado Watch issued for parts of south central Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Tornado Watch has been issued for portions of south central Kansas.

The watch, issued shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, is in effect until 10 p.m. and includes Butler, Chautaqua, Elk, Greenwood, Sumner and Cowley Counties. Right now, Sedgwick County is NOT included in the watch.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop later this afternoon. The strongest storms could produce hail in excess of 2" and winds over 60 mph. At this time it appears that hail will be the primary threat, but isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out with the strongest cells.

As far as timing, the initial storms should fire up between 4pm and 7pm. Storms will increase in coverage through the evening as the track Northeast across KAKEland.

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