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Laura's Look: Severe weather threat Tuesday & Wednesday

Laura's Look: Severe weather threat Tuesday & Wednesday

On Tuesday, the threat of severe weather consolidates over west central Oklahoma, Kansas, southeast Nebraska, Iowa and western Wisconsin, but affects almost 10 million people, including those in Wichita, Omaha, Des Moines and Madison.

Heavy rain is possible, especially in eastern Oklahoma.

"People need a plan and you should start now, not just when you hear the sirens", Kuhn said.

Residents are urged to prepare well in advance.

Wednesday - There is a marginal risk for severe weather in Omaha, and a slight to enhanced risk for areas south of Omaha, including Lincoln, Beatrice, Falls City and southwest Iowa. Cleaning out and organizing the storm shelter should have happened by now, but there is still time.

Damaging wind gusts are expected, along with the possibility of very large hail and tornadoes, including some strong tornadoes. Widely scattered severe storms are also expected from west Texas into the Panhandle. Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts to 75 miles per hour possible.

The area of greatest concern on Tuesday will be in North-Central and Northeast Kansas with a few severe storms at least possible in South-Central Kansas. Large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible.

Wednesday night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Storms won't move into southeast Kansas until after 8:00 pm.

A few supercells may develop along the dryline late afternoon and race northeast into Kansas. The tornado threat exists primarily with the early storms then it will transition into a hail and straight line wind threat after sunset.

"It's the same system that will affect the Plains in the next couple of days", said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

The chance of severe storms may be a bit better Thursday afternoon and evening.

REMEMBER.A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.


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