Hutchinson and parts of Reno County were hit by a “wonderfully bizarre late summer storm” this morning, in the words of Ray Hemman, the public information officer for Hutchinson Public Schools.
Officially, Hemman said, Hutchinson recorded more than 1.5 inches at the airport, but downtown reported only a few hundredths of an inch.
Rod Zook of KWBW Radio in Hutch said the north side of town got hammered, while the south half of the city barely got wet.
“We just got toad-choked at my house” on the north side, Zook said.
The slow-moving storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning this morning for northeastern Reno County. The storms were moving south-southeast, but they fell apart before they reached Wichita. That meant folks in the metro area merely simmered in the muggy sunshine this afternoon.