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Severe Tornado Risk in Kansas - Prepare Now.

Severe Tornado Risk in Kansas - Prepare Now

By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC)

Publish Date: May 19th, 2024

Severe Tornado Risk in Kansas - Prepare Now. According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms has been forecasted for today and tonight across parts of Kansas and into northwest Oklahoma, with significant weather events expected to unfold from late afternoon into mid-evening.

The National Weather Service has indicated the potential for a derecho, a widespread and long-lived windstorm, which could result in destructive wind swaths ranging from 80 to 100 mph. Additionally, localized extreme gusts exceeding 100 mph are possible. The storm system may also produce very large hail and a few tornadoes.

Severe Tornado Risk in Kansas - Prepare Now

Risk Areas and Population Impact:

Moderate Risk:

  • Area: 21,395 square miles Enhanced Risk:

  • Population: 568,945

  • Larger Population Centers: Salina, KS; Hutchinson, KS; Garden City, KS; Dodge City, KS; Newton, KS

  • Area: 31,652 square miles Slight Risk:

  • Population: 843,385

  • Larger Population Centers: Wichita, KS; Manhattan, KS; Emporia, KS; Liberal, KS; Hays, KS

  • Area: 148,813 square miles

  • Population: 8,538,544

  • Larger Population Centers: Kansas City, MO; Miami, FL; Lincoln, NE; Hialeah, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL

Marginal Risk:

  • Area: 245,351 square miles

  • Population: 20,595,477

  • Larger Population Centers: Jacksonville, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Tulsa, OK; Tampa, FL


An organized swath of severe thunderstorm winds, potentially forming a derecho, is expected primarily across parts of Kansas this afternoon and evening. These storms may extend into northern Oklahoma. Forecasted gusts of 75-100 mph are possible, along with large hail and a few tornadoes.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay tuned to local weather updates and take necessary precautions to stay safe.



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