LIVE BLOG: Severe thunderstorms possible for much of Kansas

7 a.m.


A few severe storms will be possible this afternoon and evening, especially in south central and eastern Kansas. Tomorrow, that threat for severe weather will return in the afternoon and evening.

6:48 p.m.

Crews have reopened Pawnee from Edwards to Sheridan.

5:36 p.m.

City of Wichita Public Works & Utilities has temporarily closed the following roadways, due to high-water:

• Harry - Seneca to McLean
• Pawnee - Edwards and Sheridan

Barricades will be removed once the water recedes. Do not drive through covered roadways.

4:15 a.m.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for much of central Kansas (areas in yellow) until 8 a.m. Storms are moving through central Kansas, heading to the east, producing high wind gusts and heavy rain.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Meteorologist Mark Larson says heavy rains, hail and flooding will continue to be weather concerns through the holiday weekend.

Western Kansas will see a break from wet weather Friday afternoon and some sunshine, but there's another round of rain and storms on the way for eastern parts of our state. Hail and heavy rains will be threats again today for parts of east of a line from Salina don to Medicine Lodge this afternoon. Friday highs will top-out in the mid to upper 70s.

Look for some dry weather during the mornings and early afternoons for our Holiday weekend but more storms will fire-up by late in the day across the west then march eastward overnight. Nighttime storms could be severe at times, so be sure to get weather updates as they roll through.

Flooding remains a huge concern across Kansas and rivers, creeks and streams will continue to run high, or out of their banks, into the middle of next week or longer.

Thursday night wrap

The tornado threat ends in southwest Kansas as another active day for severe weather in the state finally begins to settle.

More storm chances lie ahead through the holiday weekend before we'll finally catch a welcome stretch of dry, clear days.


11 p.m.

The lone TORNADO WARNING in Kansas for southeastern Comanche County remains in effect until 11:30 p.m. This storm comes with a history of producing a tornado near Buffalo, Okla.

A tornado warning in effect for southeastern Kiowa and northwestern Comanche counties is allowed to expire.


10 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is in effect for southeastern Clark and western Comanche counties in southwest Kansas until 10:30 p.m. A little before 9:50 p.m., a storm capable of producing a tornado was located eight miles north of Buffalo. This storm has a history of producing tornadoes in Oklahoma.


9:10 p.m.

The tornado watch for counties across central and south central Kansas continues until midnight, but the strongest storms are in the Oklahoma panhandle, moving northeast at 25 to 30 mph.


8:15 p.m.

Officials with the Kansas State High School Activities Association are closely monitoring severe weather threats as state baseball and softball tournaments kick off across Kansas and state track starts Friday morning in Wichita.

Weather last week caused delays to state golf tournaments. You can stay on top of schedules and potential changes for state contests across Kansas at


8 p.m.

A lone tornado warning in Beaver County, Okla. (in the Oklahoma panhandle) until about 8:15 p.m. stands out as the primary severe weather threat in the KWCH viewing area.

To this point, storms that have rolled through counties in western and central Kansas primarily have been strong-wind and small-hail producers.

A tornado watch will remain in effect for several Kansas counties until midnight, including Sedgwick County and the Wichita area.


6:45 p.m.

The Reno County Commission Thursday declared a local disaster for the county.

"Flooding and heavy rains have saturated the ground, causing field runoff and closed several roadways throughout Reno County," Reno County Emergency Management says.

The National Weather Service forecasts 3 to 5 more inches of rain to fall in Reno County by Sunday morning.

"Reno County Public Works, City of Hutchinson Public Works, and your local townships have set up barricades for your safety," Reno County Emergency Management says. "Do no drive around those barricades. Not only is it dangerous, it is hazardous to your health."

Tornado warnings are allowed to expire in Clark, Ford, Gray and Meade counties in southwest Kansas, but the severe-thunderstorm threat continues.

6:23 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is in effect for Clark, Ford, Gray and Meade counties until 7 p.m. A storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Fowler, moving northeast at 40 mph. There is radar-indicted rotation but no confirmed tornado.


6:10 p.m .

A new tornado watch is in effect until midnight for several counties in northeast, central and south central Kansas. This watch includes Butler, Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick and Wabaunsee counties.

With more storms brewing to the west, new severe thunderstorms are issued for Finney, Clark, Gray and Ford counties until a little after 7 p.m.


5:45 p.m.

A tornado warning that originated in Beaver County, Okla. and extended to Meade County, Kan. expired without a tornado, but this storm remains dangerous. Tornado watches are in effect until at least 10 p.m. for Beaver County, Okla. and the Kansas counties of Ellis and Harper, as well as for Barber, Clark, Comanche, Kiowa, Pratt and Stafford counties.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for eastern Reno County, northeast Kingman County, Harvey and northwest Sedgwick County until about 6:30 p.m.

A storm located about nine miles north of Cheney is moving northeast at about 45 mph. The primary threats are winds of about 60 mph and quarter-sized hail


4:15 p.m.

With more rain and rising river levels, Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says the water doesn't have many places to go. Now, Kansans hope sandbagging will keep it out of their homes and businesses.

The City of Hutchinson says several storm sewer outfalls are completely submerged due to flooding of the Arkansas River.

The current forecast predicts 3.5 inches of rain to fall in Hutchinson between Thursday and Saturday morning and for a small portion of the city there is nowhere for additional rain to go," said the city in a release.

Additional pumps are being installed in high risk areas to lessen the impact, "however this will not mitigate the flooding completely."

Find a map of homes and businesses that may flood during this event here.

A pile of sand and a pallet of empty sandbags is available to residents at Avenue C between Main and Walnut. A volunteer will be there to hand out empty sandbags and when possible, assist those not able to fill the sandbags themselves. Residents must bring their own shovels.

The City of Halstead says as a precautionary measure more sandbags were prepared in case the Little Arkansas River would begin to rise and additional gate closures are needed. Currently, the West flood gate is closed, the East and Main Street flood gates are open. Halstead/801 and Hertzler/803 roads are open to the south. 36th is also open to the west.

Dickinson County says the City of Chapman has begun the process to move municipal operations to the city golf course building on Indian Hill. Water is close to or around mobile homes on E. 6th Street. Residents are encouraged to evacuate while they can.

Dickinson County is offering sandbags at three different locations: Abilene (Dickinson County Highway Yard, 408 SE 2nd St.), Chapman (Chapman Elementary School parking lot, 500 Irish Drive) and Solomon (City Maintenance Shop at Main & Poplar).

The City of Chapman says volunteers are needed to fill bags, weather permitting, as long as possible. Operations will begin Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at both 5th & Logan and the school.


3:28 p.m.

Storm Team 12 says more severe weather is headed to Kansas on Thursday. The National Weather Service has already issued severe thunderstorm warnings for several counties in western Kansas.

Strong storms are expected to develop across southwest, central and eventually, south-central Kansas most of Thursday afternoon and later into the evening.

Much of the central and western part of the state is under a thunderstorm watch through 10 p.m. While six Kansas counties, including Barber, Clark, Comanche, Kiowa, Pratt and Stafford are all under a tornado watch through the same time.

Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says large hail will be the biggest threat, but we do have a chance for some tornadoes. An outbreak doesn't look likely, but they will be possible.

With more rain, the ongoing flooding threat also continues.