Thursday. March 29, 2012
The storm spawned from a line of thunderstorms in central Kansas. As the line of thunderstorms broke up and the cap began to return, it weakened.
While on an eastbound track in northern Sedgwick and southern Harvey counties, the storm began to turn more to the southeast and intensified. Golf ball sized hail and lightning were the main threats while the storm inched its way through northwest Wichita suburbs.
As the storm headed into northwest Wichita, reports came in of torrential rain, extensive lightning, and hail up to two inches in diameter.
The rain and hail forced many drivers around the I-235 and K-96 area to pull off to the shoulder and wait for the storm to pass over.
One man was struck by lighting around 9:30 p.m. in east Wichita. That story is available at kake.com. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
There were also reports of hail damage to vehicles in the Wichita area as the severe thunderstorm warning continued into Buler
county at 10:00 p.m.
March 29, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Wichita area and much of Central Kansas. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m.
Cities in the watch area include Newton, El Dorado, Wellington and Emporia.
KAKEland Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater said storms were developing along a dryline west of Wichita around 5:30. The biggest threat from these storms could be large hail. Prater said there is a minimal tornado threat.
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