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Slight risk for severe weather east of Wichita on Friday

Courtesy of NOAA

The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for portions of eastern Kansas on Friday.

Kansas City is included in that zone, but Wichita is not. There is a marginal 2 percent chance of tornadoes in the northeast corner of Kansas — including the Kansas City metro area — and stretching into parts of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

But the Storm Prediction Center’s outlook talks about tornadoes in the sense of “can’t be ruled out” early in the evening rather than “likely.”

Any showers and thunderstorms that develop over the weekend and early next week in the Wichita area are not expected to be severe, forecasters say.

At least two people died as a result of tornadoes that destroyed homes and overturned vehicles in Oklahoma on May 9, 2016. A strong series of storms hit across the Plains. The National Weather Service said a tornado briefly touched down on the so

Heavy rains and hail hit downtown Wichita Tuesday evening. (April 26, 2016) (Video by Fernando Salazar)

Pea-size hail hits parts of Wichita as storms moved through south-central Kansas on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Julie Mah/The Wichita Eagle)