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Wichita weather: Thunderstorms likely later

Strong storms battered the metropolitan area south of Wichita as dawn approached Friday, knocking down power lines and large tree limbs in Harper County.

More storms are possible again later today, including possibly “a tornado or two” in the region, National Weather Service meteorologist Jaclyn Ritzman said.

“Given the atmosphere, how unstable it is, all hazards are going to be possible,” Ritzman said.

Hail figures to be the primary threat, she said. The damage in Harper County was caused by a collapsing thunderstorm that formed, mushroomed and then fell apart, she said.

Wichita and southern Sedgwick County, along with portions of Sumner and Cowley counties, were buffeted by strong winds as the storm collapsed. Only a trace of rain was recorded at the weather service office in southwest Wichita, though more rain fell downtown.

Highs today could reach 90 on a mostly cloudy day in Wichita, forecasters say. Winds will be light and variable.

Most of southern Kansas and far western Kansas are in a slight risk for severe weather today, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

More showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area Saturday, when highs will peak in the upper 80s. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.