Tornado Watches are now in effect for the areas outlined in pink on the above composite radar image. The watches run through the evening hours and include the cities of Wichita Falls, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Joplin, Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City and St. Louis.
As you can see, thunderstorms continue to form along the Western and northern peripheries of the watch areas and move to the North/Northeast. This trend will continue throughout the remainder of the afternoon, with very large hail and damaging wind gusts possible with most any storm that forms and becomes severe.
Over time, the wind profile will become more and more favorable for the development of tornadoes, particularly across the Oklahoma and northwest Texas watch area, into southeast Kansas. One or more strong and/or long track tornadoes are possible in this area mainly from late afternoon into this evening.
If you live in or have travel plans across this region this afternoon or evening, please make sure to pay attention to the weather and be ready to seek shelter on short notice, no matter where you may find yourself. Also, folks near the Eastern edge of these watches and on Eastward need to be sure to have a way to receive weather warnings overnight tonight, as the threat will continue into the later hours...
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