Archive for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Douglas County, surrounding area in tornado watch until 9 p.m.

June 8, 2010, 8:13 a.m.

Updated: June 8, 2010, 4:06 p.m.

3:17 p.m.

Matt Elwell, 6News meteorologist, said thunderstorms will form along a cold front surging through the area.

"The main concerns are for large hail, and damaging wind with the chance of isolated tornadoes forming with some of the larger storms," Elwell said. "The fact that the lowest part of the atmosphere has an abundance of moisture means that many of these storms will be low-based and easier for tornadoes to form."

Elwell said the storm threat should decrease as sundown approaches, once the cold front passes.

Read more about today's severe weather at our weather blog.

2:43 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County and six surrounding counties.

It means conditions are favorable for severe weather, which could include the development of tornadoes.

The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for these counties: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte.

9:05 a.m.

The severe thunderstorm watch has been allowed to expire at 9 a.m., though rain and some thunderstorms remain in the area.

There's another chance for severe weather — some hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes — later this afternoon.

Stay with for updates.

2:13 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County and surrounding counties until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. Franklin and Jefferson counties are included in the watch.

Storms could develop west of Lawrence with winds as strong as 75 miles per hour. Heavy rainfall and hail the size of quarters is also possible.

More storms are likely to develop Tuesday afternoon, according to the NWS.

Check back with for more updates as they are available.


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