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Several reports of short-lived tornadoes west of Wichita

Numerous tornadoes have been reported west of Wichita early this evening, but forecasters say they’re weak and short-lived.

“There's been several reports” of tornadoes, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. “They can produce some damage, but they're not these huge, big tornadoes like we've seen in the past.”

A rope tornado was reported in Kingman County, authorities say, and another tornado was reported 6 miles west of Cheney. Graduation ceremonies in Cheney were reportedly interrupted so those gathered could get to shelter.

No damage has been reported with any of these storms yet, Smith said. The storms are moving at about 45 miles an hour.

Hail as large as 3 inches has been reported in Kingman. That’s larger than a baseball.

The storms are projected to reach Wichita within an hour, Smith said.

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