Storm threat intensifies for Wednesday in central Kansas and Wichita area

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has increased the threat for severe weather Wednesday in portions of Kansas and Oklahoma to moderate.

The moderate zone stretches from just east of Wichita to just east of Dodge City, and north to about Hays along I-70. Among the cities included in the zone are Hutchinson, Pratt, Great Bend – and Greensburg.

Meteorologists at the SPC predict “longer-lived discrete supercells across central and southcentral Kansas and central Oklahoma, where very large hail and tornadoes will be likely.” Discreet means the supercells will be isolated – meaning they won’t have to fight other developing storms nearby for energy. The Hesston and Goessel EF5s developed in such a scenario in 1990, for example.