Multiple tornadoes reported in South Central Kansas

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Tornado near Medicine Lodge. Credit: Jennifer Bower Tornado near Medicine Lodge. Credit: Jennifer Bower
Nick Cherry, rope tornado, Isabel, Kansas Nick Cherry, rope tornado, Isabel, Kansas

A Tornado Watch issued for more than a dozen counties in central and southern Kansas was eventually cancelled more than an hour short of its original end time, but not before several strong storm -- including multiple tornadoes -- swept through the area. 

The following counties were included in the watch:

Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice. Sedgwick and Sumner

Tornadoes were reported in Barber, Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties, but it's not yet know exactly how may tornadoes touched down. 

The storms did affect several events, including the NJCAA Championship Track Meet in Hutchinson. Events at the meet were set to resume Saturday. 

Thus far there have been no reports of significant damage from any of the affected counties. No one is reported injured. 

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The severe weather threat continues for parts of  KAKEland on Friday.

Strong and severe storms containing large hail, damaging winds and very heavy rainfall will be possible across all of south-central and eastern Kansas through the evening. With heavy rain expected Friday throughout the already rain-soaked areas of central and eastern Kansas, a flash flood watch is in effect for the eastern half of the state through Saturday morning.

The strongest storms will likely spread northeast and move out of KAKEland after 7 p.m. 

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