Kan. storms bring hail, powerful winds and heavy rain

We're well into October, but Friday's active weather was reminscent of sprintime in Kansas. Severe thunderstorms continued late into the night, bringing strong winds, large hail and heavy rainfall to much of western and central Kansas.

Shawn west of Cimarron

You can follow updates as storms developed and move through much of the state with updates below:

10 p.m.: The only thunderstorms at the severe level in Kansas include southern Saline County and northern sections of McPherson County. These storms have been weakening.

Strong storms in Dickinson County, where a tornado warning was in effect earlier in the night, are continuing to move east.

Looking ahead, an active weather night is expected to continue into early Saturday morning. The severe threat is backing off, but flooding is a concern for much of central and south central Kansas, including the Wichita area.


9 p.m.: Storms in western and central Kansas have produced large hail and a couple of brief tornadoes. We are transitioning to a damaging wind event with a line of storms from southwest to central Kansas.

A storm moving through St. John is producing winds of about 50 to 55 mph. A severe thunderstorm warning continues for McPherson, Rice and Saline counties until 9:45 p.m. This line of storms continues to move east at about 30 mph. The primary threat is winds of about 60 mph and heavy rainfall.

A new thunderstorm warning for Ottawa County also includes the threat of powerful winds and heavy rainfall with a strom south of Minneapolis. This warning is in effect until 9:30 p.m.

Rainfall rates of two to three inches per hour make flooding the primary concern as Friday night moves into Saturday morning.


8:30 p.m.: Tornado warnings in parts of central and north-central Kansas have been allowed to expire. Threats for severe thunderstorms continue in central Kansas, including for northern Saline County and Lincoln County.


8 p.m.: The area of rotation in Cloud County is northeast of Concordia. There was a confirmed tornado briefly on the ground near Marquette in Saline County.

A new severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of Pawnee, Stafford, Edwards and Pratt counties. The main threat is winds of about 60 mph and about half-dollar-sized hail.


7:50 p.m.:

A new tornado warning is in effect for Cloud County, including the Concordia area. An area of circulation was spotted about six miles southwest of town. People in Concordia are encouraged to take cover.


7:25 p.m.:

There are tornado warnings in effect for McPherson, Cloud and Mitchell counties until at least 8 p.m. In McPherson County there was rotation spotted east of Geneseo. There have been no confirmed tornadoes. There was also rotation reported east of Beloit in Mitchell County.


7:05 p.m.:

Strong storms that poppoed up in western Kansas Friday afternoon continue to impact central Kansas with powerful winds, large hail and flooding. Several counties throughout the state remain in severe thunderstorm warnings. This includes northern Barton County and Russell County until at least 8 p.m.


6:30 p.m.:

There are reports of street flooding in Great Bend after a strong storm with the heavy rain and large hail hit the city. These storm continues to move northeast.

There are also reports of roof damage to an elementary school in Garden City from an earlier storm.


6 p.m.:

The strongest storm in the state has made its way to central Kansas, north of Larned. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Barton County. Rotation was reported with this storm, but there have not been any funnel clouds nor tornadoes reported. Large hail is possible with the storm moving northeast at about 30 mph.

Great Bend is in the storm's path where there is a threat of tennis-ball-sized hail.

A storm now moving through eastern sections of Finney County packs a punch with hail of about quarter to half-dollar sized.

There is heavy rainfall and about dime-sized hail reported in the Hays area.

A flood watch is in place through Saturday morning for parts of central and north central Kansas. Impacted aras include Hays, Salina and Concordia.


5:20 p.m.:

Dangerous storms continue to move across western Kansas. Spotters report power poles snapped east of Jetmore along Highway 156 in the Hanston area in Hodgeman County.

Several counties remain in severe thunderstorm warnings.

The skies over south central Kansas are quiet, but that could change with storms out west gradually moving east.

Storms will push into central Kansas by about 7:30 p.m. For Hutchinson, storms are expected by 9 to 9:30.

Chances for severe weather in Wichita are lower, but heavy rain brings the threat of flooding.


5 p.m.:

Several western Kansas counties are in severe thunderstorm warnings. These warnings are in effect for Cheyenne, Greeley, Wallace, Hamilton, Kearny, Hodgeman, Lane and Ness counties.


3:40 p.m.:

A chunk of Kansas from the southwest corner of the state to southwest Saline County is included in an area in an enhanced risk for severe weather expected late Friday afternoon to early evening. Impacted areas include Dodge City earlier in the evening and areas south and west of Salina later Friday night.

Isolated tornadoes are possible, but the main threats will be potentially-damaging winds, large hail and flooding. Several other areas including Hutchinson, Salina and Wichita are in a slight risk for severe weather.

In the Wichita area, the primary threat of flooding rain isn't expected until later Friday night, after 10 p.m.

A thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. is in effect for much of western and central Kansas. For now, Sedgwick County is not included in this watch.

Ahead of the severe weather threat, several Kansas school districts have moved up kickoff times to Friday night's football games, hoping to get games completed before thunderstorms roll in.