A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for a large portion of eastern Kansas, including the Wichita area, until 3 p.m. Thursday.
Keep it with the KAKE First Alert Forecasters for the latest weather information.
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Derby schools closed after the weekend's severe storms will be back in business Thursday.
The district announced that classes at Oaklawn Elementary will resume Thursday, a day after Paul B. Cooper Elementary students returned to class.
There will be Team Prime Time for both locations.
Transportation schedules have been modified, however. Regular bus routes will run for secondary students on the north side of 47th St.
Secondary students on the south side of 47th St. will be picked up at the Oaklawn Senior Center, 2937 E. Oaklawn Dr., at 7:15 a.m. and return students between 3 to 4 p.m
Normal bus routes will resume on Monday, April 23
The TOPS early education center in Derby hopes to resume classes Monday, April 23.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Students of a school affected by this weekend's tornado are returning to class today.
Paul B. Cooper Elementary School in Oaklawn was far enough away from the path of Saturday night's tornado that the building did not sustain any structural damage. Electricity to the school was restored Tuesday, so Derby Public School Officials decided school would resume for Coopers 311 students.
The Derby district's Oaklawn Elementary School suffered heavy damage from the tornado. Windows were broken in hallways, the school's main entryway and in five classrooms. A 20 feet by 30 feet section of roof was also blown off the building, along with several rooftop air conditioning units.
Contractors and school district staff are working to make repairs to Oaklawn Elementary and district officials will determine later when that school's 202 students will return to class.