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Slight risk for tornadoes in Wichita area and southeast Kansas tonight

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk for tornadoes for portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas today.

“It's certainly not a big tornado threat day,” said Paul Howerton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wichita. “There's a threat, but it's not like some big spring outbreak – at least not in our neck of the woods.”

The best bet for tornadoes is in northern Texas and southwest Oklahoma, SPC officials say. Chances are lower in Kansas, but folks who live in the southern tier of counties east of Wellington should still pay attention to conditions, Howerton said.

For Wichita, “by far the bigger threat would be hail moreso than tornadoes and wind,” he said.