Tornado watch issued for Douglas County
An impressive line of thunderstorms has made its way through the Baldwin City area Wednesday evening.
Two sets of storms packed heavy rain at times and the first, around 7 p.m., included a smattering of pea-sized hail. The second, about 45 minutes later, had heavier rain and more lightning and thunder, but no hail.
As of 8 p.m., an inch of rain had fallen in the Vinland Valley. Updates around the area on rainfall and other weather-related information are encouraged by commenting to this story.
3 p.m. — Douglas County is under a tornado watch until 10 PM this evening. Expect thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and evening that are capable of producing large hail, strong wind and isolated tornadoes.
Hazardous storms are expected to move across northeast Kansas Wednesday between 3 and 8 p.m., capable of producing hail up to two inches and damaging winds, according to the NWS.
These storms may eventually form into a squall line, with damaging winds and hail the size of half dollars becoming the primary threats. Heavy rain and flash flooding are also possible through the evening until around midnight, when the risk of severe weather ending by then.