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Strong storms to threaten Wichita this afternoon

A sunny, sultry morning will set the stage for severe weather this afternoon and evening in and east of the Wichita metropolitan area.

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late this afternoon along the Kansas Turnpike and move east.

“With the atmosphere being very unstable, the storms should intensify quickly and become severe,” the weather service’s hazardous weather outlook states.

Severe storms are most likely east of I-35, with the primary threats being damaging downburst winds and heavy rain. Golf ball or larger sized hail will also be possible from the strongest storms.

“A brief and isolated tornado can not be ruled out, but tornadoes are not expected to be the main threat,” the outlook warns.

Highs today should reach the low 80s, with gusty winds shifting from the south to the northwest later in the day.

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