Archive for Friday, May 15, 2009

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Douglas County; Tornado watch continues until 10 p.m.

Two tornado watches cover all counties in NE Kansas

May 15, 2009, 8:40 a.m.

Updated: May 15, 2009, 4:21 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 4:45 p.m. The watch now includes all of Douglas County.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for northern Douglas County and areas north and east until 7:45 p.m.

Heavy rain was moving through the Lawrence area at 4:22 p.m. The National Weather Service updated its severe thunderstorm warning to say a storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail was moving east at 25 mph toward Lawrence.

At 3:42 p.m., National Weather Service radar indicated very heavy rain from a line of severe storms was moving over the area. Radar estimates two inches of rain would fall per hour. The storms were building and expected to continue for an extended period of time. One to three inches of rain is possible.

At 3 p.m. the Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for Douglas County and areas south and west in effect until 10 p.m. Another tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. covers Kansas counties north and east of Douglas county.

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