Tornado Watch Issued for Western Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Oklahoma A tornado watch is in place for much of western Oklahoma as a storm system is poised to make its way through the state.

The watch is in place until 10 p.m. Wednesday for the western third of the state, including the cities of Lawton, Anadarko, Alva, Altus, Elk City and Woodward. The watch also includes parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Forecasters say severe thunderstorms are likely from 2 p.m. Wednesday through midnight.

The National Weather Service says the strongest storms could produce baseball-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. Tornadoes are also possible.

Farther east, Oklahoma City is expected to see severe thunderstorms between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Isolated tornadoes are possible, but forecasters say the greatest risk for twisters Wednesday is in western Oklahoma.