Hawila’s Heads-Up: Severe Potential

The potential for severe thunderstorms locally is increasing this evening. A few thunderstorms have already produced damaging winds just to the west of our viewing area.

Emporia, KS – A roof was reported to be blown off of a barn. 

Neosho Rapids, KS – numerous trees down including a 100 year old elm snapped at the base (possibly from a tornado)

Topeka, KS – estimated gust of 60 MPH. 

A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for our entire viewing area with the exception of Bates and Henry County. This watch is in effect through 11 PM.

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While the tornado threat is NOT expected to be widespread this evening, there is enough shear in place to warrant concern for an isolated spin up or two. The bowing segment that caused wind damage is moving northeast at 55 MPH through Franklin and Douglas Counties. That leaves Tonganoxie and Leavenworth outside of the warning, (as of 6:45 PM), but in the path of this storm. Wind gusts of, or in excess of, 60 MPH are possible with this storm.

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Forecast track is showing the threat for storms continuing this evening and overnight. Damaging winds and large hail will remain the main threats, with an isolated tornado still not out of the question.

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