Severe weather hits western, central Oklahoma

Severe storms will bring threats to major cities across the Great Plains on Thursday

At least 26 tornadoes have been reported across four states since Monday, as a period of severe weather now enters its fourth straight day.

A tornado watch has been issued for Marion County and 13 other Iowa until 1 a.m.

No significant damage has been reported at this time.

A National Weather Service damage assessment team from Pleasant Hill planned on touring the tornado site after dawn Thursday.

Will Rogers World Airport officials say all operations have been suspended until further notice due to the storms.

The storm line is expected to be near Dunlap around 7:35 p.m., Americus and Olpe around 7:40 p.m., and Admire around 7:45 p.m. The Flash Flood Watch for a portion of north-central Kansas has been canceled.

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This entire line of storms will gradually slide east toward the I-135 corridor, reaching Wichita after 5 p.m. Storms will be exiting KAKEland between 11 p.m. and midnight.

The westbound lanes of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike near Newcastle were closed due to risky winds.

The tornadoes were the first of the year for Kansas. The enhanced risk area more than triples in size and expands to the south, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Turn around, don't drown!

He says a tornado was observed by trained spotters with the fire department.

Firefighters were able to tell the man to get on top of his auto where a rope was thrown to him, and he was quickly pulled to safety.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

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