Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

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Garden City, KS – The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 477, effective Thursday from 5:15 PM CDT until midnight, covering parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

According to the NWS, scattered thunderstorms will develop over western areas, moving east into a more moist airmass. Stronger storms could bring damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and hail up to 2 inches in diameter. The watch area spans approximately 80 miles east and west of a line from 60 miles north-northeast of Garden City, KS to 40 miles south of Guymon, OK.

Residents in these regions should stay alert for severe weather conditions and follow updates. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It’s crucial to monitor local news and weather reports for possible warnings and take precautions if needed.

The aviation sector should be aware of potential severe turbulence, with wind gusts reaching 60 knots and hail both at the surface and aloft. Maximum cumulonimbus tops could reach 50,000 feet, posing a significant risk to flight operations.

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