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April 1, 2014

Thunderstorms, hail may hit Wichita early Wednesday morning

While the possible arrival for thunderstorms and large hail in Wichita has been pushed back, the area could still get thumped before sunrise Wednesday.

While the possible arrival for thunderstorms and large hail in Wichita has been pushed back, the area could still get thumped before sunrise Wednesday.

A warm front is farther south than was first thought, delaying the arrival of the storm about five hours until 3 or 4 Wednesday morning, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

“It’s headed this way,” he said.

The storm is most likely to hit to the east of the city, but Wichita is still within its striking range.

Wednesday evening could bring more thunderstorms to the area, including hail, strong winds with bursts up to 60 mph and tornadoes, Smith said.

The warm front is “meandering around,” making it hard to pinpoint where the storms will hit, he added.

“The better chances are off to the southeast,” Smith said, “but it could develop as far west as Wichita. We’re not out of the gun for it.”

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