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Severe storms expected to stay east of Hutchinson

By John Green

The Hutchinson News

(MCT) Reno County is expected to escape chances of severe weather -- and the possibility of any rain -- this evening, though a severe weather watch has been issued to counties east of here.

The grassland fire danger, meanwhile, remains very high for the central and south central parts of the state.

The storm front is expected to set up along a line from about Interstate 135 east, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wichita.

The threat will be mainly from large hail -- up to 2 inches in diameter -- and high winds of up to 70 mph.

There is a slight chance for isolated tornadoes, but that threat is primarily along and south of the Oklahoma border, Smith said.

"It will be similar to last evening," Smith said. "If you do get any storms that develop further west, the main threat will be large hail and winds, but it will more likely form to the east and race off to the east and northeast."

The next possibility of rain for south central Kansas is Sunday evening into Monday, Smith said. A few storms may be severe, mainly Sunday afternoon and evening, though conditions don't appear as dangerous as Wednesday night and Thursday.

"The main threat will be nickel-sized hail and winds of up to 50 mph," Smith said, "though that could change."

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