Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Kansas Counties – 6/15/17

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The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH in effect until 7:00 p.m. this evening for Marshall, Washington, Nemaha, Riley and Pottawatomie counties in Kansas as well as areas to the south and west.

Severe thunderstorms are possible across the entire outlook area this afternoon through tonight. By early this afternoon, discrete supercells will likely develop across central Kansas before congealing into a complex of storms as it advances into eastern Kansas. The primary hazards will be large hail and damaging straight-line winds, with some very large hail and possibly even a few tornadoes possible with the initial discrete storms over central Kansas. These thunderstorms should gradually diminish over eastern Kansas overnight tonight.

Severe thunderstorms are possible across the entire outlook area later this afternoon through the evening hours. Storms will likely develop over central KS by mid-afternoon before quickly congealing into a complex of storms as it quickly tracks into eastern KS through the evening hours. The primary hazards will be damaging straight-line winds and large hail, with a few tornadoes possible across central KS. Some locally heavy rainfall will also be possible, primarily across central to east central KS.

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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.