Strong To Severe Thunderstorms; Including Tornadoes, Possible Across Kansas Today

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The Storm Prediction Center is alerting the central United States of a high risk for severe thunderstorms to develop, which includes a large portion of Kansas. Citizens should be weather aware today, and pay attention to any watches and warnings issued through the National Weather Service.

Sunflower State Radio recommends downloading the FREE Weatherology App to your smartphone to stay up to date on changing weather conditions. When a watch or warning is issued for your area, tune to your local SSR station, 94.1 KDNS-FM in North Central Kansas, 95.5 KNDY-FM in Northeast Kansas, and 106.7 KQNK-FM in Northwest Kansas or other local media outlets in your local area. Click here for how to stay safe in severe weather.

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and wind damage is expected to develop across parts of the southern and central Plains from this afternoon into this evening and overnight. Some strong, long-lived tornadoes are expected, along with hail to near 4 inches in diameter, over parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Large hail, tornadoes and wind damage also will be possible outside of these areas across parts of the southern and central Plains. Damaging gusts and sporadic hail also are expected across parts of the lower Great Lakes region to western New England this afternoon and early evening.


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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.