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LIVE BLOG: Storm threats pass, focus shifts to dangerous heat warning

A brief tornado touched down in Russell County late Thursday afternoon. No damage was reported...
A brief tornado touched down in Russell County late Thursday afternoon. No damage was reported with the storm.(Troy Waymaster)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 5:51 PM CDT
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SALINE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) - Thursday night wrap: With storms weakened and tornado threats out of the picture for now, Storm Team 12 shift its focus to Friday’s Weather Alert Day for dangerous heat across Kansas. Heat and humidity build for Friday and will be dangerous if precautions aren’t taken. Drink plenty of water, avoid prolonged exposure, take care of your pets, and check on those with out AC. Heat indices will be above 100 in central and eastern Kansas.

8:40 p.m. Update: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Mitchell County, with ping-pong-ball-size hail and 60 mph wind reported with a storm over Tipton. A flash flood warning continues for Russell County where a storm passed through earlier Thursday evening, dropping up to four inches of rain n some areas. Areas expected to experience flooding include the city of Russell and Wilson Lake. Severe thunderstorm watches continue for several counties in central to northeastern Kansas.

8 p.m. Update: The tornado warning impacting northwest Saline County is no longer in effect. As the storm continues moving east, a severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for Osborne County. A storm located near Tipton, moving northeast at about 20 mph, includes about 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail.

7:30 p.m. Update: Spotters reported a brief tornado about four miles south of Glendale in northwest Saline County. This dangerous storm continues moving east with a tornado warning including northwest Saline County and northeast Ellsworth County until 8:15 p.m.

7:15 p.m. Update: A new tornado warning includes northwest Saline County with rotation spotted with a storm that’s strengthened along Interstate 70. At this time, there is not a threat to the city of Salina. This dangerous storm in extreme northeastern Ellsworth County, crossing into Saline County, continues tracking east. People in the community of Glendale should find shelter.

6:55 p.m. Update: In the town of Luray, there have been reports of windows that were broken out at a bank by hail

The Wilson Police Department said its town is all clear.

6:48 p.m. Update: We know at least one semi and one RV were blown over along I-70 late Thursday afternoon as a tornado-producing storm moved through Russell County. Emergency officials also report heavy rain and flooding which has resulted in 189th Road underwater between Russell and Bunker Hill.

A cone tornado touched down briefly in Russell County this afternoon. The touchdown was reported about 4 miles northeast of Bunker Hill. There have been no reports of damage from the storm.

A tornado warning is in effect in Ellsworth, Lincoln and Russell counties until 6:45 p.m.

Those in Dorrance and Bunker Hill are advised to take shelter. That means going to the lowest, and innermost area of your home. Stay away from doors and windows, and make sure you have something to cover your head, pillows, blankets, etc. Also, don’t forget a pair of shoes in case you have to walk on debris.

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