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Wichita weather: Strong thunderstorms expected in area

Thunderstorms with large hail, strong winds – perhaps even a tornado or two – are possible in south-central Kansas, including the Wichita area, on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Hail as large as golf balls and winds of up to 70 mph are the likeliest threats with the strongest storms, according to the National Weather Service. A tornado can’t be ruled out.

The storms could bring some meaningful rain to the region as well. Highs should reach the mid-80s under mostly cloudy skies, with south winds gusting to more than 25 mph.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms will persist overnight and into Thursday, forecasters say, when highs will be in the low to mid-70s. South winds will be in the teens and gusty, surging near 30 mph at times.

Friday should see sunshine return to the Wichita area, with highs touching 70.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

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