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NWS warns of high winds, fire danger on Wednesday

The National Weather Service is forecasting high winds and possible thunderstorms Wednesday, and has issued a red flag warning, wind advisory and hazardous weather outlook for northeastern Kansas.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures may lead to extreme fire behavior.

A very potent storm system will bring a chance for severe thunderstorms to areas generally northeast of a line from Marysville to Topeka to Ottawa. The best chance for strong to severe thunderstorms will occur between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Damaging wind gusts are the primary hazard, with some potential for a tornado or large hail in far northeast Kansas.

Wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected across the area from late Wednesday morning through early Wednesday evening. The very strong winds and drier incoming air will cause extreme fire danger late Wednesday morning through the afternoon. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Strong crosswinds on north south highways will make travel difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Drivers are advised to use extra caution. Light objects such as trash cans and lawn furniture may be blown around.

Counties covered by these advisories include Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson.

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