Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

NWS: Slight risk of severe storms this afternoon

NWS: Slight risk of severe storms this afternoon

The main threats Friday night will be high wind gusts, large hail and torrential rains. The primary threats are damaging winds, flooding and hail, but there's even a small tornado threat.

It won't be raining the entire weekend, but Chicago-area residents should keep umbrellas and rain jackets handy as storms roll into the area, said Kevin Donofrio, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Chicago-area office. Just be on the look out for those rounds of severe storms. This helps set us up for strong to severe thunderstorms.

The same is true for the image showing the future radar at 1 a.m. Friday night.

Severe storms are impacting western parts of the state as of early Friday afternoon. With the rain that has already fall this week, any additional heavy rain could lead to high and standing water, in addition to instances of flooding.

The Storm Prediction Center has put us under a chance for thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, but the areas under higher risk of severe weather is in Central Pennsylvania. Notice the entire area is in the threat zone for severe weather. Then more storms are possible by the evening hours and those have the potential to become severe. "Through the day on Saturday, Southwest Kansas along with North and South Central Kansas could see rainfall totals between 1-3" with locally higher totals possible. Check the forecast frequently during the holiday weekend and have a way to get warning info.

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