Daily Archives: 30 April, 2012

New tornado watch includes Wichita

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 2 a.m. Tuesday for 25 counties in south-central and southeast Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

Counties included in the watch are Allen, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson.

Many warnings, but no tornado damage reported – yet

The National Weather Service in Dodge City reported that – as of about 7:20 p.m. – they had received no reports of tornado damage from any of the several warned storms thus far tonight.

Three tornado warnings in effect for portions of western and central Kansas

The National Weather Service has three different active tornado warnings for portions of western and central Kansas.

A possible tornado was reported 10 miles southeast of Sitka and moving toward Protection and Coldwater. Another storm with strong rotation was located near Bellefont and headed toward Offerle. The storm was moving almost due east along U.S. 50, which could take it through Kinsley and perhaps clip St. John.

A third tornado warning is in effect for Kiowa County, with very strong rotation heading right for Greensburg.

Tornado watch for parts of western and central Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 19 counties in western and central Kansas until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The watch area stretches from about Ness City to Great Bend to Medicine Lodge. Counties included in the watch are Barber, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Gray, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Scott and Seward.

A tornado warning has been issued for northern Ford and southwestern Hodgeman counties, though no tornadoes have been confirmed as of 6 p.m.

Flash flood watch for border counties until Tuesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch until Tuesday morning for eight counties along the Oklahoma border, including Sumner and Cowley.

More than six inches of rain has fallen in far southern and southeast Kansas over the past two nights, the agency reports, and with more rain in the forecast flooding is a concern.

Other counties in the watch include Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette.

Wichita weather: Strong to severe thunderstorms possible in region today and tonight

A stormy Monday is possible in the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say.

The strongest storms are expected to threaten central Kansas, with winds topping 60 miles an hour and hail as large as golf balls. Highs today should reach the upper 70s, with east-northeast winds in the teens.

Storms could linger into the overnight hours, forecasters say, with lows dipping to the mid-50s and winds shifting to the southeast and gusting to more than 20 miles an hour.

Tuesday and Wednesday should offer respite from the rain in the Wichita area, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.