Severe Weather into Tonight: Wichita, Kansas City, Orlando

By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
April 14, 2013; 4:08 PM
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As a blizzard rages over the Dakotas, a sharp cold front cutting into much warmer air across the central Plains will ignite a round of powerful thunderstorms. A second round is already firing up across central and northern Florida.

Locations most at risk into tonight include Kansas City, Mo., Independence, Kan., Lahoma, Okla., Wichita, Kan., Ponca City, Okla., Trenton, Mo., Ottumwa, Iowa and Davenport, Iowa, to name a few. Farther south and east, strong storms could affect Jacksonville, Orlando, Ocala, and Tampa, Fla.

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Hail as large as quarters, ping-pong balls or even golf balls is possible in both of these areas. Hail this size can put dents in vehicles, crack or damage windshields and cause injury to exposed livestock.

Wind gusts over 60 mph are also a possibility, which can snap branches, uproot trees and bring down power poles. Wind gusts of this magnitude can also pick up loose objects, and any unsecured items could become lost.

A tornado or two cannot be ruled out either with the stronger storms, especially across central and northern Florida, but this will by no means be a widespread concern. Any tornadoes that do occur should be short-lived.

If you will be out and about into tonight, keep a close eye to the sky, especially into the evening hours. The best time for the thunderstorms to occur will through about midnight.

Stay with AccuWeather.com for the latest updates on the severe weather.

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