Forecasters raise tornado threat level in Kansas

Forecasters say Kansas will see more bad weather as communities clean up from storms that included a tornado on the ground for about 90 minutes.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said there was a “moderate risk” that Kansas would have tornadoes on Thursday, including some twisters with winds above 136 mph. A strong storm Wednesday churned across the prairie near Chapman, Kansas, for an hour and a-half.

In an updated advisory, forecasters say storms will develop by mid-afternoon in southwestern Kansas and then move toward more-populated areas of the state. Some storms could also form in northwestern Oklahoma.

From Texas to Nebraska and Iowa, about 23 million people have at least a 2 percent chance of a tornado forming within 25 miles of them. In Kansas, the chance jumps to 15 percent – including in Chapman, where Wednesday night’s storm struck.

Keep it with KSN and the KSN Storm Tracker 3 Weather Center.

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