Archive for Monday, April 5, 2010

Severe thunderstorm warning canceled for Douglas County

April 5, 2010, 7:15 a.m.

Updated: April 5, 2010, 10:11 a.m.

10:02 a.m.

As of 10 a.m., the National Weather Service has canceled the severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County, as well as Shawnee and Franklin counties.

The watch continues for Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson and Jefferson Counties, among others in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

8:57 a.m.

Meteorologists from our sister company, KTKA-TV, have reported 1-inch hail from the storm that is tracking toward Lecompton and the northwest corner of Douglas County.

The National Weather Service has several reports of 1-inch hail in the Topeka area.

Those in the path of this storm are advised to seek shelter.

The formerly severe storm is passing over Clinton Lake and will bring heavy rain and pea-sized hail to southwest Lawrence soon, with the rest of Lawrence thereafter.

8:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning for western Douglas County until 8:45 a.m.

The watch does not yet include the city of Lawrence or Baldwin City.

Another storm was poised to roll through Douglas County just an hour after an early morning storm moved through the area dropping heavy rain and pea-sized hail on portion of south southern and east Lawrence as well as rural areas of Douglas County, including Pleasant Grove.

Radar indicates the latest storm has the potential to produce quarter-size hail. At 8:07 a.m., the storm was located six miles north of Osage City, moving northeast at 40 mph.

7:23 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch will be in effect for Douglas County until noon on Monday.

The watch also covers all adjacent counties and most of northeast Kansas.

The watch replace a severe thunderstom warning the National Weather Service put in place for the middle part of Douglas County, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m.

Early waves of that storm passed through Lawrence about 6:50 dropping heavy rain and pea-sized hail in portions of southern and east Lawrence. The main part of the storm, however, the part that actually prompted the severe thunderstorm warning, remained southeast of the city of Lawrence, passing through mostly rural areas of Douglas County.

At 6:58 p.m., the storm was located 3 miles northwest of Vinland, moving northeast. Radar indicated the storm was still capable of producing quarter-size hail or larger.

As of 6:48 a.m., the storm was located near Pleasant Grove, moving northeast at 30 mph. A severe weather statement from the weather service said hail as large as half dollar size was possible with this specific part of the storm.

Earlier waves of the storm produced pea-sized hail across southern and east Lawrence, according to witnesses posting to Twitter.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m., radar indicated a storm capable of producing quarter-size hail. The storm was located near Globe, moving east at 35 mph.

Large hail and lightning were expected to be the biggest threat from this storm.

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