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Tornado watch issued for much of central, southwest Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Tuesday for more than one-fourth of Kansas.

The Wichita metropolitan area is not included in the watch, which involves 26 counties in central and southwest Kansas.

“Severe storms are expected to develop over western Kansas late this afternoon and move into central Kansas early this evening,” a statement issued by the Wichita branch of the weather service said. “Hail and damaging winds will be the main threats with a couple tornadoes possible west of Highway 14 before 8 p.m.”

The best chances for hail larger than 1 inch will be west of I-135.

Counties included in the tornado watch: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Russell, Scott, Seward, Stafford, Stevens and Trego.

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