Dangerous storms drop tornadoes on north central Kansas

After a clear, dry Memorial Day, another round of potentially severe weather makes its way to Kansas Tuesday. Storms packed punches with hail, strong wind and tornadoes.

Tornado east of Hays this evening (Chris Schmidt)

10:15 p.m.

Mitchell County Emergency Management says no one is hurt after a tornado touched down near the town of Tipton Tuesday afternoon.

Storm Team 12 says it appears the storm damaged an outbuilding, trees and power poles in the area. Storm Team 12 Stormchaser Scott Polley captured video of the tornado and some of the damage moments after it happened.

Neighbors tell us the family who owned the property is out of town.

The tornado was just one of several that popped up in north-central Kansas. Twin funnels were captured in Ellis County no damage was reported with those storms.


8:40 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Clay, Dickinson and Morris counties until 8:45 p.m. Abilene is not a part of the warning. The storm remains between the area of Woodbine and Hope. It will stay west of Herrington. The radar shows rotation but there have been no eyewitness accounts with this storm.

In south-central Kansas, storms southwest of Cottonwood Falls could produce strong winds up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail. Marion and Chase counties remain under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:15 p.m.

A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of northeast Sedgwick and southwest Butler counties where heavy rainfall continues

Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist says there may be occasional funnel clouds, but the environment is not conducive for imminent tornadoes. Storms are still capable of producing a lot of lightning, small hail and 40-50 mph wind gusts.

Strong thunderstorms will continue to move northeast, with no noteworthy weather in southwest Kansas.

A tornado watch remains in effect for much of Kansas through 10 p.m.

6:49 p.m.

Officials have a report of a tornado touching down outside near Kansas City on a path toward the city of Lawrence, Kansas.

Assistant Director Jillian Roderigue said Douglas County Emergency Management received a report of a tornado about 6:10 p.m. near the small community of Lone Star, southwest of Lawrence.

She said there no immediate reports of injuries. But local television stations were showing damage on the south side of Lawrence.

The city of about 100,000 residents is home to the University of Kansas. It is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of the Kansas City International Airport.

The National Weather Service in Kansas City issued a tornado emergency for Kansas City, Kansas; Shawnee and Bonner Springs, Kansas until 7:15 p.m.

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6:30 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING for northwest Ellis and northeast Trego County is in effect until about 7 p.m. This is west of the dangerous, tornado-producing storm impacting north central Kansas, moving into southwest Republic County.

The tornado warning for Jewell and Mitchell counties continues until at least 7 p.m.


6:20 p.m.

Tornado-producing storms well north of Interstate 70 continue to move across north central Kansas. TORNADO WARNINGS remain in effect for Mitchell, Jewell and Osborne counties.

At least one tornado caused damage near Tipton in Mitchell County.


6:06 p.m.

Emergency management near Tipton reports damage in the area. At this point, we don't know the extent of that damage.


6 p.m.

A large tornado is confirmed southwest of Tipton, near the Osborne/Mitchell County line. This tornado-producing storm has a history of producing damage. People in Tipton need to find shelter.


5:48 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING impacting north central Kansas includes southwestern Jewell, northwestern Mitchell and northeastern Osborne counties until at least 6 p.m.

Looking to northeast Kansas, a tornado warning for Douglas County includes the southwest part of Lawrence.


5:34 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING for southern Osborne County is in effect until 6 p.m. There are reports of a tornado near the northern Russell County town of Luray associated with this storm, snapping power poles in the area.

A TORNADO WARNING for northwest Mitchell County is also in effect until at least 6 p.m. as a dangerous, tornado-producing storm moves northeast.


5:05 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is in effect for northwest Russell County. There's not a confirmed tornado with this storm, but people in its path should be taking cover. People in Paradise should take cover as this storm continues to move northeast at about 30 mph.

This storm is northwest of Russell and is moving away from town.


5 p.m.

The tornado warning for Ellis County is allowed to expire as strong to severe storms move east.

In western Kansas, a storm produced two-inch-in-diameter hail in Scott County. Another strong storm near Russell Springs in Logan County is moving east at about 30 mph, bringing a threat of hail and strong winds.


4:51 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is now in effect for northeast Lyon County into Osage County until 5:30 p.m. this is on the eastern edge of the KWCH viewing area There is radar-indicated rotation with this storm, but no confirmed tornado, as of 4:50.


4:29 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is in effect until 5 p.m. for southeastern Ellis County. A severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Schoenchen, moving northeast at 25 mph. This storm did produce a brief landspout tornado south of Hays. This small tornado lifted and the threat with this storm is southeast of Hays.


3:20 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for several counties across Missouri, central Oklahoma and the eastern half of Kansas until at least 10 p.m. In addition to counties across northeast Kansas, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Elk, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Rice, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick and Sumner counties are included in a tornado watch.


1:50 p.m.

There are currently no severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for the KWCH viewing area, covering about two-thirds of Kansas, but we expect more to pop up in the afternoon into evening.

The primary threat for potentially damaging storms, including tornado chances are in northeast Kansas.


11 a.m

The day's first severe thunderstorm warnings bring heavy rain and hail to central Kansas. Storms fired up a little before 10 a.m., tracking north and east.

There are reports of marble-sized hail falling east of Goessel in Marion County. A severe thunderstorm warning for Marion and McPherson counties remains in effect until 11:15 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning for Dickinson County is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Hazards with this storm include winds of about 60 mph and half-dollar-sized hail. This storm is moving northeast at about 55 mph.