Severe Thunderstorms Pound Central Kansas

By: KAKE First Alert Weather Center Email
By: KAKE First Alert Weather Center Email
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m. CDT for much of KAKEland.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013


As severe storms pushed southeast through north-central and into south-central Kansas, many counties experienced heavy rain, strong winds and hail.

Earlier this evening in Geary County, 4.5 inches of rain fell, flooding roadways and leaving many without power. Our sister station in Topeka reports just under 1400 in Riley County were without power at 6:00 p.m. The town of McPherson saw one-inch hail and flooding as well.

At around 7 p.m., the Newton Airport in Harvey County reported a wind gust of 61 miles-per-hour. And Butler County authorities reported penny-sized hail.

As of 9:30 p.m., Westar reported about 1,100 customers without power in Sedgwick County and about 1,300 in Cowley County. Wichita received about .66 inches of rain. Drivers were met with flooding in the usual spots, mainly on South Meridian and along West Street. Wichita has received 10.97 inches of rain so far this month.

Meanwhile, scattered thunderstorms moved through portions of north-central Kansas. There have been no flooding or damage reports.

More information:

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m. CDT for much of KAKEland.

In south-central Kansas, the watch includes Butler, Chase, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner Counties. The watch does include the city of Wichita.

In north-central Kansas, the watch includes Barton, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Phillips, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, and Smith Counties.

In southwest Kansas, counties included in the watch are Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, and Trego until 11 p.m.

Finally, the counties in northwest Kansas included in the watch are Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Wallace, and Wichita.

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