Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Kansas Counties – 6/15/17

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH in effect until 7:00 p.m. this evening for Marshall, Washington, Nemaha, Riley and Pottawatomie counties in Kansas as well as areas to the south and west.

Severe thunderstorms are possible across the entire outlook area this afternoon through tonight. By early this afternoon, discrete supercells will likely develop across central Kansas before congealing into a complex of storms as it advances into eastern Kansas. The primary hazards will be large hail and damaging straight-line winds, with some very large hail and possibly even a few tornadoes possible with the initial discrete storms over central Kansas. These thunderstorms should gradually diminish over eastern Kansas overnight tonight.

Severe thunderstorms are possible across the entire outlook area later this afternoon through the evening hours. Storms will likely develop over central KS by mid-afternoon before quickly congealing into a complex of storms as it quickly tracks into eastern KS through the evening hours. The primary hazards will be damaging straight-line winds and large hail, with a few tornadoes possible across central KS. Some locally heavy rainfall will also be possible, primarily across central to east central KS.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.