Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 2 pm

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These storms are moving east/northeast at about 40 miles per hour.

The Little Rock office of the National Weather Service (NWS) placed the area including the Russellville campus of Arkansas Tech University under a severe thunderstorm warning at 1:38 p.m.

Chances for a tornado in the Buffalo Niagara region Friday - while slim - can not be ruled out, the National Weather Service said.

A tornado watch is in effect for 11 counties, including Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Fulton counties, until 10 p.m. on Friday.

It's also only the fourth time in recorded history that Kansas has gone all of April without a tornado.

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Behind this round, a very gusty south wind has developed.

The storms will move west to east, reaching Western New York about 3 p.m., Central New York and the North Country after 4 p.m., and the Capital Region about 7 p.m., weather service forecasters in those areas say.

A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather. Forecast models show that could arrive in metro Buffalo in the mid to late afternoon.

Isolated or scattered thunderstorms could develop by the afternoon and may become severe, bringing with them heavy rainfall, damaging winds and the potential for localized flooding, the weather service said.

High pressure returns on Saturday, forecasters said.

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