There is a significant risk of tornadoes in the brown area in the lower Mississippi River Valley.
Nothing tornadic is occurring at this time, but it is possible later this afternoon so please monitor the weather in the region.
There is a severe thunderstorm watch current in effect for Denver, Colorado Springs, Limon, and eastern Colorado. While hail is not much of a threat (1.5″ diameter is the largest expected), winds are forecasted to gust to 70 mph.
Unfortunately, the storms are expected to greatly intensify when they get to Kansas late this afternoon and tonight. Wind gusts stronger than 75 mph are forecasted to occur in the orange area.
With the trees leafed out, there is the potential for power failures and serious tree damage. Please prepare accordingly and make sure you have your cell phone and computer charged (but take them off the charger before the storms arrive). If severe thunderstorm warnings are issued or you see lightning/hear thunder, please get indoors.
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