Storm hammering Wichita metropolitan area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Sedgwick County and southern Butler County until 3:45 p.m.

A strong thunderstorm was dropping hail as large as golf balls, torrential rains and wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour. The thunderstorm was moving east at 50 miles an hour.

The storm had knocked out power to more than 2,600 Westar Energy customers in Wichita and eastern Sedgwick County as of 3:15 p.m.