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Severe thunderstorm watch for Wichita and central Kansas until 5 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 a.m. Wednesday for 35 counties in central and eastern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Counties included in the warning:

BARBER BARTON BUTLERCHASE CLARK COMANCHECOWLEY DICKINSON EDWARDSELLIS ELLSWORTH FORDGEARY HARPER HARVEYHODGEMAN KINGMAN KIOWALINCOLN MARION MCPHERSONMORRIS NESS OTTAWAPAWNEE PRATT RENORICE RUSH RUSSELLSALINE SEDGWICK STAFFORDSUMNER TREGO

The primary hazards are locally heavy rainfall and damaging winds of up to 70 miles an hour.

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