Tornadoes touch down in overnight Kansas stormsPosted: Updated:
Two tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Kansas Monday night. The first was reported at 9:20 pm 5 miles south of Charleston in Gray County. The second was captured in pictures by KAKE meteorologist Tony Laubach as he tracked a highly electrified supercell just south of Larned in Pawnee County.
This photo shows its impressive cloud and accompanying lightning but no tornado present this early in its development.
The storm seemed to remain stationary for hours but it did make its way toward Lewis at about 9:45 pm with a confirmed tornado.
Laubach, who has over 20 years of experience tracking storms in the field, was able to capture pictures during lightning strikes to confirm the tornado was on the ground.
Soon after Laubach's confirmation, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Pawnee County and northern Edwards County.
This radar image shows the storm that produced the tornado as it approached the Lewis area at 9:45 pm. The red polygon indicates the tornado warning.
The tornado became a multi-vortex before dissipating shortly before 9:50 pm. No damage was reported.
Another round of severe weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday in KAKEland. Live streaming is available of KAKE weather coverage at KAKE.com/weathernow, the KAKE First Alert weather app for iPhone or Android, and KAKE-TV's Facebook page.