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Strong storms may pass through Wichita area tonight

Strong storms – packing winds that could approach the 90-mile-an-hour gales in last month’s damaging storm – are possible overnight in the Wichita metropolitan area, according to the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

“We could see that again overnight,” admits Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service, “but I’m not too fired up about it.”

The winds in late June occurred as a thunderstorm collapsed, sending air rushing toward the ground and then spreading outward. It’s possible a similar scenario could play out overnight, Hayes said, but he’s only got a 30 percent chance in the forecast for now.

“If storms develop, the potential is there,” he said.