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Mid-Missouri under tornado watch

Mid-Missouri under tornado watch

Watch set to expire at 10 p.m. in Cole County

May 28th, 2013 in News

All of Mid-Missouri is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said this afternoon.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said weather and climate conditions "are favorable" for the possible formation of tornadoes or severe thunderstorms in, and close to, the watch area - which includes northern Missouri, southern Iowa, northeastern Kansas and the far-southeast corner of Nebraska.

The center's watch reminds Midwesterners that a "watch" doesn't mean a storm or tornado has been seen - just that it's possible for one to form.

"The primary threats include several tornadoes possible," the NWS report said, in addition to "several very large hail events, to 3 inches in diameter, and possible damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour."

Residents are urged to keep monitoring radio broadcasts, in case a warning is issued either for a tornado or for a severe thunderstorm.

The weather service noted there is a "potential" for "intense (storm) supercells capable of very large hail and damaging winds."

People "should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions," the weather service said.