Severe weather is forecast for parts of eight states Saturday afternoon, including southeast Kansas.
Severe wind gusts as well as “very large to giant hail and tornadoes” are possible in a geographic area spanning 100,000 square miles, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Tornado warnings have already been issued in parts of Missouri.
A tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for much of Missouri and three counties in far southeast Kansas.
A slight risk for severe weather extends as far west as just east of Wichita.
Clusters of intense thunderstorms will form over parts of southeastern Kansas, western Missouri and far northeastern Oklahoma, according to the SPC. Early storms will be isolated supercells carrying a risk of massive hail and tornadoes.
Some of the tornadoes could be strong, the SPC warned. As the evening progresses, the storms will congeal into a line of storms packing powerful winds.
Strong thunderstorms have already been reported in the Flint Hills north of Wichita on Saturday afternoon. But forecasters say Wichita has only a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms the rest of the day.