LIVE BLOG: Tornadoes touch down in south central Kansas

Tornado south of Medicine Lodge, Ashley Hostetler

While the severe threat has diminished, a Weather Alert Day remains in effect for south-central Kansas as isolated tornadoes and flooding from heavy rains are possible.

Follow the progression of the storms as they move through the state with our updates below:

10:00 p.m.
The National Weather Service says they are receiving reports of flooding in Harvey County including the cities of Newton, Hesston, and North Newton.

8:30 p.m,
Flash flood watches are cancelled for the following counties: Barton, Cowley, Ellsworth, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Lincoln, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Russell, Sedgwick, and Sumner.

They've continued a similar watch for Allen, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Marion, Montgomery, Neosho, Saline, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

8:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service has cancelled a tornado watch for the following counties: McPherson, Rice, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick, and Sumner.

The watch remains in effect for Chase, Marion, Butler, and Greenwood counties.

A flood warning for the Arkansas River in Arkansas City has also been cancelled.

6:30 p.m.

The tornado warning for Harvey County has been canceled. Officials in Hesston report torrential rain and low visibility. The storm is moving northeast at 50 mph. Watch out along I-135 and K-15.


6:25 p.m.

Sedgwick County is no longer in the tornado warning. It remains in effect for Harvey County until 6:45 p.m.

The fire department in Moundridge reported a funnel cloud one mile south of Hesston at 6:21 p.m. There was another report of a funnel cloud is four miles south of Moundridge.


6:20 p.m.

Sirens are sounding Moundridge per the fire department.


6:06 p.m.

Sirens are sounding in Burrton and Halstead. The fire department has spotted a wall cloud near SW 36th and River Park.

WIchita is not included in the warning. The storm is moving away from the city.


6:00 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Harvey County (Newton, Hesston and Halstead) and extreme northwestern Sedgwick County, not including Andale. This storm is south of K-96 moving northeast about 20 mph. It should reach Mt. Hope 6:10 p.m. and Halstead by 6:47 p.m. The warning is in effect until 6:45 p.m.

The warning was issued not be cause there is a confirmed tornado on the ground, but the storm could produce something brief.


5:55 p.m.

The tornado warning for central Reno County has been canceled.

The tornado warning continues for southern Reno County as it passes south of K-96 and south of Haven.

The far northwest corner of Sedgwick County and the southwest corner of Harvey County is in that path as the storm passes through from the south and west. Take tornado precautions if you are in this area.


5:35 p.m.

At 5:32 p.m., a trained storm chaser reported a cone shaped tornado five miles to the east of Pretty Prairie. The tornado crossed Highway 14

Sirens are being sounded in Hutchinson. If you live in Haven, you need to seek shelter. The storm should reach you in about 15-20 minutes.


5:30 p.m.

Cheney Lake and Haven following the report of a rain-free base. There is no confirmed tornado in Kingman county. The tornado warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m.

A funnel cloud was reported at 5:26 p.m. south of Patridge.

If you live in the area east of Partridge, along Hwy 50, and in the South Hutchinson area, you need to be headed into a storm shelter just in case the storm produces a tornado.


5:14 p.m.

A trained chaser has now spotted a tornado two miles to the north of Kingman, moving to the northeast. If you're north or south of Kingman, you need to be moving to a place of safety.


5:12 p.m.

A new tornado warning has been issued for portions of Reno County. A funnel cloud was reported two miles southwest of Arlington. The storm continues to move north/northeast. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m.


4:55 p.m.

No tornadoes are on the ground at this time, but warnings are in effect for Reno and Kingman counties until 5:15 p.m. Storms are expected to reach the Hutchinson area in about 30 minutes. If you're in the path of the storm, Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says expect heavy rainfaill, dangerous lighting, 60 mph winds, and possibly small hail.


4:50 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for south-central Kansas until 10 p.m. The following counties are included: Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick and Sumner.
Storm Team 12 is following a series of tornado warnings that have been issued in the last hour.

Early on, warnings were issued in Pratt, Barber, Kingman and Reno counties.

We received several photos and videos of a tornado that touched down near Medicine Lodge.

So far, no damage or injuries have been reported with these warnings.