Thunderstorms still expected in Wichita area Wednesday night

04/17/2013 4:28 PM

04/17/2013 6:23 PM

Wichita is likely to escape the worst of the severe weather that’s fomenting over the heartland Wednesday afternoon and evening, forecasters say.

“We’re in the cold sector,” said Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita. “It’s going to be really hard to get anything that severe here.”

Wichita could still see thunderstorms with small hail and strong winds, he said. But the risk for tornadoes and large hail in Kansas is highest east of the Flint Hills, according to the weather service.

A tornado watch has been issued until 10 p.m. for 36 counties in eastern Kansas. Wichita is not included in the watch, but Winfield, Topeka and Emporia are in the watch area.

Tornadoes are also possible in Oklahoma.

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