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More than half of Kansas is in a tornado watch Wednesday

A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for the area enclosed in red.
A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday for the area enclosed in red. Storm Prediction Center

More than half of Kansas faces a tornado watch until late Wednesday night.

The watch covers 57 counties stretching diagonally from southwest Kansas northeast to Lawrence. It lasts until 10 p.m.

The watch includes the Wichita metropolitan area, as well as Topeka,Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, Dodge City, Hutchinson and Great Bend.

"The strongest storms will be capable of very large hail to baseball size and damaging winds to 75 mph," said a National Weather Service statement released with the watch. "A few supercell storms could also produce tornadoes."

The Storm Prediction Center warned that "a couple intense tornadoes" are likely on Wednesday within the watch area.

No tornadoes had been reported yet on Wednesday, though a tornado warning was issued for portions of central Kansas early in the afternoon.

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