Archive for Monday, June 15, 2009

Tornado watch issued for Douglas County, areas south and west, until midnight

June 15, 2009, 3:39 p.m.

Updated: June 15, 2009, 6:51 p.m.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County and points south and west until midnight tonight.

The watch, which is in effect until midnight, also included Jefferson, Shawnee and Franklin counties.

Keep logged onto baldwincity.com for all the latest severe weather information.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flash flood watch for this evening, beginning at 7 p.m., until Tuesday morning.

A strong line of storms, potentially severe, is expected to move through the area and combined with high moisture content could lead to heavy rain.

According to the weather service, the heavy rain will combine with nearly saturated ground to produce the potential for rapid runoff and flash flooding. Some thunderstorms could produce rainfall rates of 1.5 inches to 2 inches per hour.

The watch covers Douglas and all surrounding counties, plus most of northeast Kansas.

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