Locally Damaging Storms for Kan., Neb. and Okla.

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
October 14, 2013; 9:35 PM ET
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Gusty, locally damaging thunderstorms are expected into Monday evening across portions of the central Plains.

Thunderstorms, some of which will contain large hail and damaging winds, will blossom and track across parts of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The winds associated with these storms have the potential to knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages and potentially damage to structures.

As of 5p.m. CDT Monday, a thunderstorm wind gust of 70 mph was recorded by an NWS spotter near Jetmore, Kan.

Some of these storms can contain downpours which could cause local flash flooding. High water on roads may cause closures and disrupt travel. Interstates 35, 70 and 80 along with U.S. Highway 83 are in the threat area. There is a risk of strong cross winds that could problems for high profile vehicles.

Air will rush down off the Rockies and create strong winds across the High Plains into Monday night.

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Cities that could be impacted by severe thunderstorms include Wichita and Dodge City, Kan., and Grand Island, Neb.

The rain will be welcome for areas that are still experiencing drought conditions, such as Nebraska, western Kansas and western Oklahoma.

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