National Weather Service issues tornado watch for Wichita area

The Wichita area remains in a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued the watch Sunday afternoon. It includes 13 counties: Barton, Lincoln, Ellsworth, McPherson, Rice, Russell, Saline, Harper, Kingman, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner.

The area is also in a hazardous-weather outlook, which includes a possibility for 2-inch hail and damaging winds of up to 70 mph. Severe thunderstorms are possible along a line from Salina, Wichita and Wellington. Heavy rains can be expected.

“The storms of concern are gradually getting stronger,” said Ken Cook, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. “The big threat is large hail, possible tornadoes and damaging wind.”

The storms are expected to arrive in the Wichita area at around 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.