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South-central Kansas under thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.

WICHITA — Thunderstorms are expected to pass through Wichita between 4 and 5 p.m. today, according to Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The storms are not severe, but they will likely have intense rain and have the potential to become severe with wind gusts of up to 50 mph and small hail.

The storms should be out of the metro area by 6 p.m., Darmofal said.

Today’s show by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds has been canceled because of approaching thunderstorms, McConnell Air Force Base officials announced.There was no word on the schedule for the remainder of the evening.

Darmofal said county officials are in contact with the weather service to monitor the storms.

Counties included in the watch are Barber, Butler, Chase, Clark, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner and Woodson.

Earlier Saturday, storms ripped through Manhattan, delaying the Kansas State football game for more than 90 minutes.

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