Severe weather is forecast for parts of eight states Saturday afternoon, including southeast Kansas.
Severe wind gusts as well as “very large to giant hail and tornadoes” are possible in a geographic area spanning 100,000 square miles, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Tornado warnings have already been issued in parts of Missouri.
A tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for much of Missouri and three counties in far southeast Kansas.
A slight risk for severe weather extends as far west as just east of Wichita.
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Clusters of intense thunderstorms will form over parts of southeastern Kansas, western Missouri and far northeastern Oklahoma, according to the SPC. Early storms will be isolated supercells carrying a risk of massive hail and tornadoes.
Some of the tornadoes could be strong, the SPC warned. As the evening progresses, the storms will congeal into a line of storms packing powerful winds.
Strong thunderstorms have already been reported in the Flint Hills north of Wichita on Saturday afternoon. But forecasters say Wichita has only a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms the rest of the day.