Storms bring strong winds, heavy rain to south central KS

stormy night in Wichita, Kansas
stormy night in Wichita, Kansas(KWCH 12)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 2:09 PM CDT
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(KWCH) - Late Friday night update: Strong winds shifted into Sumner and Cowley counties and continued to accelerate south as the severe weather threat moved out of the Wichita area. Friday night’s storms brought strong winds, some heavy rain and a lot of lightning to south central Kansas.

Through Friday night into early Saturday morning, a severe thunderstorm watch continued for much of the area, but the primary threat was over.

Update Friday evening: Strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall are the main features of severe storms impacting south central Kansas. There have also been reports of small hail falling with slow-moving storms. A little before 9 p.m. Friday, Storm Team 12 reported strong wind gusts approaching 60 mph south of Benton in western Butler County. There are reports of downed trees near Benton.

In Wichita, there are reports of street flooding in typically-impacted areas. The strongest win in Sedgwick County continues to be south of Kellogg with gusts of about 60 mph possible.

Storm Team 12 has issued a Weather Alert with severe weather expected Friday evening.

Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen said storms are expected in areas along and east of I-135 bringing quarter-size hail and some wind gusts approaching 70 mph.

Storms could impact Wichita between 7-10 p.m. with a few leftover chances up until about midnight.

The expectation is that severe weather will end before midnight and overnight, chances push south into Oklahoma.

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