UPDATE, 6:54pm: Tornado watch issued for northeast Kansas, southeast Nebraska, southern Iowa and northwest Missouri.
Strong thunderstorms developing near Abilene, Kansas that should be severe by 7:30pm.
Also… two tornado warnings (not shown) near the Nebraska-Colorado border.
Tornado watches in effect in the High Plains:
And, thunderstorms are exploding in the region.
I’m also monitoring the Flint Hills area of Kansas. If these thunderstorms are able to develop, they will be candidates to produce giant hail and damaging winds. So far, they are struggling against a strong “cap” (warm air about 10,000′ above the ground that can inhibit thunderstorm development).