Tornado, Flash Flood watches issued for northwest Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. CDT has been issued for more than a dozen counties in northwest Kansas. 

The watch includes the following counties:  Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Wallace and Wichita.

The same counties are under a Flash Flood Watch until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Forecast details: 

Highs across KAKEland will be back in the 80s and 90s with abundant sunshine for the afternoon. Western Kansas will be the zone most likely to see severe storms that could produce high wind gusts, large hail and even a brief tornado or two. 

Showers and storms are expected to start out in Northwest Kansas after 5 p.m. These initial storms could produce all modes of severe weather including large hail stones that top 2 inches in diameter and wind gusts that could top 70 mph. While numerous tornadoes are not anticipated, early on when storms are isolated in nature a brief tornado or two can’t be ruled out.

Storms will track southeast throughout the evening and into the overnight hours. As storms move southeast they are expected to become more linear and with the merging of storm cells the threat will greatly shift toward high wind potential. Wind gusts with this line of storms pushing southeast could exceed 70 mph.

The severe weather threat is expected to gradually diminish as we head into the very early morning hours of Wednesday. It will also be during the early morning hours of Wednesday that this line of showers and storms will exit Southern KAKEland.

In addition to the threat of severe weather, these storms could also be prolific rain makers and as a result localized flash flooding will be possible. Flooded roadways should be avoided at all costs!

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