An active day for severe weather brings extended tornado threats across Oklahoma and flooding concerns across Kansas. The Sunflower State is spared from the main tornado threat due to temperatures staying cool through the day into evening Monday.
You can follow updates from the heavy rain-producing storms in Kansas below:
Monday night wrap
Through Monday night into Tuesday, flooding remains a major concern because there are so many areas of Kansas that need the rain to stop. On the bright side, there is not damaging wind nor hail with the storms moving northeast at about 30 mph.
More rain in northwest Oklahoma is moving northeast into Kansas overnight. Wichita could see about another inch. Areas south and east of the Kansas Turnpike could see up to three more inches.
Twenty-four hour rainfall totals through 7 p.m. Monday snow more than 3.2 inches of rain for Winfield, 2.78 for Newton, 2.65 for Hutchinson and a little more than two at Jabara Airport in Wichita.
Another round of strong storms is possible Tuesday with a warmup back into the mid 70's for Wichita. Most of Kansas clears up for a brief break Tuesday night through Wednesday, but rain chances return later in the week.
Meanwhile, as of 11:30 p.m. Monday night, a tornado watch remained in effect for several counties across Oklahoma.
While flooding is and will continue to be the primary threat for the KWCH viewing area, news station KOAM confirms from the National Weather Service that at least one brief tornado did touch down Monday afternoon south of Pittsburg in Cherokee County.
In Reno County, the Hutchinson area again is facing challenges from excess rainfall. Eyewitness News reporter Kristen Boxman spoke with people living along Cole Avenue who tell her they're prepared to be stuck at home for a few days as water floods the street.
In one neighborhood, a Hutchinson resident says water in a nearby ditch is six feet deep.
Ark City, among several south central Kansas towns impacted by flooding, reports a rain measurement of 2.92 inches in a 12-hour stretch from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
In anticipation of more flooding, the city of New Cambria in Saline County is making recommendations for residents to voluntarily evacuate. New Cambria has a population of about 130 people.
Saline County says the Smoky Hill River is expected to crest Tuesday afternoon at 34 feet.
"At 33 feet, expect roads surrounding and within the City of New Cambria to be flooded, along with roads in the vicinity of the river," Saline County says. ..With the projections, we are encouraging residents to make appropriate plans now to be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas if conditions warrant. City and county staff are working on resource and operations plans in anticipation of this event."
Millions of people in Oklahoma remain under a tornado watch as a dangerous storm system moves across the southern planes. In Kansas, a Storm Team 12 Weather Alert Day is in effect for the threat of flooding. Local cool temperatures are sparing us from the tornado threat.
Some of the heaviest rainfall continues to fall in Butler County, down into Cowley County and east into Chautauqua and Greenwood counties. Some places have seen close to 15 inches of rain over the past few weeks, prior to Monday's rain.
We're seeing a little bit of a break in the Wichita area, but more rain-producing weather could be headed our way.
For much of south central and central Kansas, the severe threat includes an "extreme" risk for flooding rains. There are also medium risks for strong winds and large hail.
A band of storms tracking northeast at 20 to 30 mph comes with heavy rain continuing to impact much of central and south central Kansas.
Some of the heaviest rainfall is in the Winfield area where rain is coming down at one to two inches per hour. There are also rainfall rates approaching two inches per hour in Butler County. This brings on several road closures.
Near Jefferson and 5th in Arkansas City. This is the area our viewer told us about. Water covering the east end of Jefferson as it goes into the bus barn area. The drain is basically underwater. #KWCH12 #kswx pic.twitter.com/I1315Oy3VV— Devon Fasbinder (@KWCHDevon) May 20, 2019
Storms are more scattered north and west of Wichita.
As the active day for severe weather roles on, the primary tornado threat remains to our south in Oklahoma. Spotters recorded a pair of tornadoes touch down near Guthrie (about 32 miles north of Oklahoma City) Monday afternoon. Dangerous storms are moving northeast, but the tornado threat is expected to stay south of the Sunflower State.
The main concern for Kansas continues to be flooding and this will remain our primary weather threat through Tuesday morning. A flash flood warning for Sedgwick, Butler, Sumner, Cowley, Marion, Chase, Elk, Greenwood and Woodson counties is in effect until midnight.
Areas that will experience flooding include Wichita, Derby, El Dorado, Ark City, Winfield, Andover, Haysville, Augusta, Wellington, Bel Aire, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Eureka, Douglass, Belle Plaine, Towanda, Caldwell, Oxford, Cottonwood Falls and Benton. This includes the following highways: Interstate 135 between Mile Markers 0 and 10. Interstate 35 between Mile Markers 1 and 115.
In Logan County, Oklahoma, a chaser for KWTV captured footage of two tornadoes on the ground near Guthrie. Guthrie is about 32 miles north of Oklahoma City.
Flooding concerns across Kansas prompt the state to add 10 counties to the state-of-disaster declaration signed May 9 by Governor Laura Kelly.
The additional counties are Barton, Butler, Cherokee, Cloud, Dickinson, McPherson, Morris, Pottawatomie, Pratt and Wabaunsee. Counties listed in the declaration also included Barber, Butler, Chase, Clark, Cowley, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Lyon, Marion, Meade, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Rice, Sumner and Wilson.
"Many Kansas counties have been impacted by severe weather and flooding in recent weeks," Kelly says. "With more rain and severe weather on the way, Kansans should be cautious, follow weather warnings, and avoid flood waters. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management's Emergency Operations Center will be activated today to assist with the flood and weather response."
While Kansas isn't in play for tornadoes for Monday, Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says parts of the state should be prepared for flooding.
Rainfall totals could be close to 3 or 4 inches in a few areas in the wake of our early week storm system. Much of southeast and south-central Kansas remains under a flood warning until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
Heading south, the National Weather Service has already issued a PDS (particularly dangerous situation) for parts of Oklahoma and Texas where an outbreak of potentially long-track and violent tornadoes are expected.
Remember to stay with Storm Team 12 on-air and online for the latest information to help you and your family remain safe.
Meteorologist Mark Larson says after a quiet Sunday, strong or severe storms will return to Kansas this Monday making it a Storm Team 12 Weather alert day. Severe weather concerns will most likely continue through this evening.
Widespread, strong or severe storms are likely across a wide swath our state Monday. The southern half of Kansas will see the highest likelihood of large hail, damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes, this afternoon through this evening. Monday highs will only top-out in the 50s and 60s with gusty easterly winds.
Rain and storms will linger into Tuesday morning then end by afternoon. Rainfall totals could be close to 3 or 4 inches in a few areas in the wake of our early week storm system. Flooding will remain a huge concern through most of the week as rivers and creeks run high, or out of their banks again, for several days.
We'll get a break from the rain during the day Wednesday, but more storms are likely Wednesday night and, off and on, through this the first part of our Memorial Day weekend.
WICHITA AREA FORECAST:
Today: Strong/possibly severe, storms likely this afternoon; breezy and cool. Wind: E 15-25; gusty. High: 64.
Tonight: Off and on rain/storms continue overnight. Wind: E/SE 10-20; gusty. Low: 61.
Tomorrow: Morning rain/storms, then mostly cloudy, breezy, warmer. Wind: SE/S 15-25; gusty. High: 75.
Tomorrow night: Becoming mostly clear. Wind: S 10-20. Low: 56.
Wed: High: 81 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy
Thu: High: 83 Low: 69 Mostly cloudy with scattered showers/storms
Fri: High: 80 Low: 67 Showers/storms likely
Sat: High: 79 Low: 65 Showers/storms likely
Sun: High: 82 Low: 68 Partly cloudy with scattered p.m. showers/storms
Memorial Day: High: 84 Low: 65 Mostly cloudy, breezy