LIVE BLOG: Severe thunderstorms move across KS over holiday weekend

Published: May. 24, 2019 at 1:13 PM CDT
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6:55 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Cheyenne County, Colorado until 6:15 p.m. MDT. This storm, capable of producing a tornado, will be near Burlington, CO by 6:48 p.m.

6:20 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the counties in pink for portions of western and central Kansas until midnight.

Storms are moving through western Kansas now, and they'll move into central Kansas later this evening. They could produce heavy rainfall, high wind gusts and large hail.

The best chance for tornadoes in Kansas will be in that area in yellow in western Kansas, where there is a Tornado Watch in effect.

6:14 p.m.

Areas of heavy rain will continue to spread north across NW Kansas. At the moment, tornado threat is low with almost all of the storms that are in KS.

5:37 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Hodgeman County, KS until 6:00 PM CDT

4:35 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Thomas County, including Colby until 5 p.m. This is radar indicated and penny sized hail is possible.

4:28 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms are moving through western Kansas now, and more will be possible into the evening.

Here's a look at the timing expected:

4:04 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Haskell, Gray, and Finney.

3:42 p.m.

A Tornado Watch has been issued for western Kansas (areas in yellow) until 10 p.m. Storms are starting to form in southeastern Colorado and they will continue to move into Kansas, with the possibility for a few tornadoes and large hail through the evening.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Overnight rainfall between 1 - 2.50" over central and south-central Kansas has lead to numerous Flash Flood Warnings this morning. Storms continue across Sumner and Cowley counties and should begin to move east by midday. More storms are expect this afternoon/evening across western Kansas.

The threat for more flooding rains will continue through Monday as a Flash Flood Watch continues through Monday morning. Storms later today will also be severe with large hail and damaging winds...there is also a threat for a few "strong" tornadoes across western Kansas.

10:45 p.m.

The main line of storms continues to move through Greenwood, Chautauqua and Elk Counties, heading to the east. The main threats with this will be 60 mph wind gusts along the leading edge of the storm and heavy rainfall.

9:36 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties until 1:30 a.m. due to this line of storms, moving to the east, producing heavy rain.

9:29 p.m.

Warning for NE Sedgwick and Harvey Counties now cancelled.

9:10 p.m.

New severe thunderstorm warnings for Butler and Cowley counties until 10:15. Wind gusts to 60 mph and locally heavy downpours continue to be the main threats with storms racing to the NE @ 45 mph.

8 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warnings until 8:45 for parts/all of Sedgwick, McPherson, Reno, Rice and Kingman counties. Radar indicated threats: 60 mph gusts + penny hail. Gushing rains 2-3 inches/hour - more flooding likely. Downtown Wichita storms about 8:15.

7:10 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warning for Kingman county until 8 p.m. Storms moving NE @ 30 mph. Radar indicated threats: 60 mph gusts, quarter hail. Get set to get wet elsewhere across eastern KS through early Sun. morning.

6:36 p.m.

Storms north of the OK line are not severe at post time, moving NE @ 35 mph. Gusts to 60 mph + nickel hail main threats. Severe Thunderstorm Watch now in effect until midnight.

5 p.m.

Here's a list of closures due to flooding as of Saturday:

Butler County

SW 70th between Ohio and Santa Fe Lake Rd

NW 30th from Butler Rd to River Valley Rd

Thunder Rd from 110th to the city of Augusta

Harvey County

K-89 still closed near Halstead

Sumner County

I-35 northbound/southbound through Sumner County: OPEN

HWY K-49 north from Caldwell to Viola: OPEN

HWY-81 south from Oklahoma Stateline: OPEN

HWY-81 Wellington south to South Haven, Caldwell, Okla Stateline: OPEN

HWY-81 Wellington north to Casino: OPEN

HWY-53 Casino to Mulvane: CLOSED at Mulvane City limits.

HWY-55 Belle Plaine east to Udall: OPEN

HWY-160 Wellington east to Winfield and west to Harper: OPEN

HWY-166 South Haven east to I-35: OPEN

HWY-166 I-35 east to Ark City: CLOSED

Argonia blacktop, north to Suppesville: OPEN

Argonia blacktop, south to 90th ST: OPEN

Clearwater blacktop, from Clearwater to 90th Ave: OPEN (subject to immediate closing, river dependent)

Corbin blacktop, from Corbin to HWY-81: OPEN

Corbin blacktop, from Corbin to 80th ST: OPEN

Perth blacktop, from K-49 east to HWY-81: OPEN

Belle Plaine South blacktop, from Belle Plaine to HWY-160: OPEN

Dalton blacktop, HWY-160 south to HWY-166: OPEN

Oxford blacktop, from Oxford to Geuda Springs: OPEN

Oxford blacktop, north from Oxford: OPEN

There are numerous Township roads that are temporarily closed due to flash flooding, especially on the north and east ends of Sumner County.
Reno County

Jordan Springs Rd from Trails West to Lake Cable

Sylvia from US HWY 50 to Trails West

Salem Rd from Maple Grove to Smoots Creek (county line)

Sun City Rd from Partridge to Riverton

Sun City from K14 to McNew

Pennington Rd from Nickerson Blvd. to 108th

Summers Rd from 75th to 85th

Worthington from Ave G to 4th

69th from Old K61 to Kent Rd

Mayfield from 69th to 108th

Sunrise from 82nd to 95th

69th from K14 to Yaggy

Herren from K14 to 108th

Wilson from 82nd to 108th

95th from Wilson to Pennington

Sallee from 82nd to 108th

Dean from 56th to 82nd

Tobacco from 95th to 108th

43rd from Kent to Willison

Kent 43rd to 69th

Trails West from K14 to Haven Rd

Parallel from Mohawk to Whiteside

56th from Eisenhower to Yaggy

82nd from Pennington to Yaggy

Nickerson Blvd from Wilson to K96

50th from Pennington to Wilson

Willison from Cedar View to Pretty Prairie Rd

Riverton from 82nd to 108th

Wilson from 56th to Willowbrook

88th from Nickerson St. to Riverton

Raymond from Greenfield to Lake Cable

Netherland from Longview to Red Rock

Raymond from US50 to Red Rock

Red Rock from Netherland to Jordan Springs

Greenfield from Brownlee to Raymond

Brownlee from Trails West to Red Rock

Avery Castleton to Irish Creek

Castleton Avery to Lerado

Mayfield Stroud to Eales

Eales Obee to Mayfield

Trail West Kent to Willison

50 Yaggy to Wilson

69 Nickerson to K96

Nickerson Cemetery to 108

Centennial 82 to 108

Maple Grove Olcott to Sylvia

Boundary Brownlee to Raymond

Pretty Prairie Brownlee to Raymond

Smoots Creek Brownlee to Sylvia

Centennial between Illinois and Clark

17th between Nickerson Rd and Herren

17th between Herren and Dean

30th between Herren and Dean

43rd between Riverton Rd and Herren

69th Nickerson Rd to Centennial

Clark between Partridge and Riverton

Illinois between Salem and High Point

Herren between 17th and 30th

Highpoint between 69th and 82nd

Bridge on Centennial between Illinois and Clark damaged

Woodberry Road bridge from 30th to 43rd is closed

Water on roadway with high water signs:

Yoder Rd. from K96 to Greenfield

Yoder Rd. from Lake Cable to Arlington Rd

Sego from Andre and Red Rock

Kent from Ave G to 4th

Whiteside from Red Rock to Greenfield

56th from Wilson to Pennington

82nd from Yaggy to Dean

Redrock from McNew to Sand Creek

Haven Rd from K96 to Irish Creek

Dean from Pretty Prairie Rd to Silver Lake

Nickerson Rd from 30th to 43rd

Haven Rd and Greenfield (intersection)

Wilson from 50th to 56th

4th from Herren to Dean

Wilson from Boundary to Pretty Prairie Rd

Illinois from Haven Rd. to Victory

Haven Rd. from US50 to Illinois

4th from Whiteside to Mohawk

Medora k61 to 95th

Yaggy 69 to 82

Yaggy 56 to 69

Mohawk from 4th to Clark

3:50 p.m.

Following heavy rain and severe storms, Governor Laura Kelly again encouraged Kansans in areas experiencing flooding to be cautious and follow warnings and instructions from local emergency officials. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management coordinates statewide emergency response and enhances local emergency efforts.

“Kansas is experiencing extreme weather and rain on an already saturated river and reservoir system,” Kelly said. “As a result, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for the potential of a controlled release of water from certain reservoirs. If you are told to evacuate, please do so immediately.”

Many towns and cities are experiencing flooding due to significant rain in recent days. This follows unusually high levels of rain and snow earlier this year. Rivers, creeks, lakes, and reservoirs are full.

“It is absolutely critical that people follow warnings from local officials,” Kelly stressed. “If you are in an area that could potentially flood, start preparing now. Gather supplies for each person’s specific needs and don’t forget your family pets.”

In the event of an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency assistance, contact local law enforcement and first responders.

3:44 p.m.

A Tornado Watch (area in yellow) has been issued for Seward, Meade, Barber, Clark and Comanche Counties until 10 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of western Kansas (areas in pink) until 10 p.m. Be prepared for the possibility of large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes this evening.


Saline County Emergency Management authorized for power to be restored to the southwest portion of New Cambria this morning.

Flood water have receded enough to safely allow for power to be turned back on. Additionally, the shelter for pets that was located at the Saline County Expo Center has been closed and sand bag operations at the same location has been ceased.

Several roadways remain closed due to high water, including Old 40 area. Visit

to see a map of the closed roadways.

2:14 p.m.

Storms will be possible today and some of them could become severe, with large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes possible.

Here's a look at the timing expected with these storms:


May 25, 2019

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in Douglass on Friday afternoon. Most of the damage is reported from downed trees when it touched down around 4:19 p.m., ending around 4:21 p.m. The tornado's path was about one mile with a maximum width of 75 yards. It sustained winds between 65 and 85 miles per hour.

No injuries or major structure damage was reported.


11:00 p.m.

Before we finally catch a break with dry, clear days, Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen weather alert days continue for Saturday and Sunday with threats of heavy rains, wind, hail and more flooding impacting much of Kansas.

We'll start to see a break Monday and the final stretch of May and start of June is shaping up to be more sunny and calm.


Friday night wrap

The tornado watch in effect for much of the eastern half of Kansas expires as our full attention is on flooding. About 9:30 p.m. Friday, we learned Highway 54 is closed in Toronto in Woodson County due to high water. Several roads in and around south central Kansas are barricaded.

About 10 p.m. Friday, rain continued in Greenwood County over areas that have already been hit hard by flooding. Twelve-hour radar-estimated rain totals include more than six inches south of Eureka. Heavy rain also continues in parts of Oklahoma.

Wichita is finished with rain, at least for Friday night, but a large band from Oklahoma City, stretching northeast to Kansas City includes counties that remain in either flash flood warnings or flood warnings.


7:07 p.m.

The latest severe thunderstorm warning for Butler and Chase counties remains in effect until 8:15 p.m.

More storms in northern Oklahoma pose threats for more rain east of Wichita. In the city, flooding is causing problems with water-covered streets, yards underwater and cars stalled, especially on the west side of town. Among problem areas is 13th and Maize Road where several vehicles are stranded.

HAPPENING NOW: Several cars are stranded at 13th and Maize Road due to FLASH FLOODING in west Wichita. #storm12

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Friday, 24 May 2019

While south central Kansas is bearing the brunt of the rain-powered storms, flooding and the aftermath from it continues to be a widespread concern across Kansas.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office Friday evening shared a photo of a washed out stretch of Donmyer Road in the eastern par of the county.

"This is the reason barricades remain after floodwaters recede," Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan says. "Give road crews a chance to check the roads before you take a ride you won't forget."


6:10 p.m.

The good news is that there are no tornado warnings with storms continuing across Kansas, but the relentless rain continues to cause widespread problems.

As of 6 p.m., we received reports of widespread power outages including 1,183 customers in Wichita and 745 in Douglass.

Potentially-damaging straight-line winds also pose a threat with a severe thunderstorm impacting parts of Butler and Greenwood counties. With this storm and throughout central, south central and parts of eastern Kansas, flooding is a major problem.


5:45 p.m.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, flooding becomes the primary concern with another round of severe storms moving through south central Kansas.

We've received several reports of submerged vehicles, impassible roads, flooded homes and

5:22 p.m.

We're hearing damage reports from where a brief tornado was confirmed near Douglass, as well as an area near Maize, impacted by winds of about 60 mph with a severe thunderstorm.

In Douglass, it appears trees took the brunt of the damage, but Butler County emergency management also confirms damage to power poles and a roof coming off of a building. Near Maize, there are reports of downed power poles from 60 mph winds.

Across Wichita and Sedgwick County, rain is falling at rates up to four to five inches per hour and visibility on local highways is reported to be less than a quarter of mile.


5:10 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING continues for southeast Chase County and northwestern Greenwood County. A storm moving northeast at 35 mph is capable of producing a tornado. This threat does not include Eureka.

Several counties across central, south central and eastern Kansas remain in severe thunderstorm warnings where threats include pouring rain and potentially damaging winds.


4:55 p.m.

There are now reports of a building that lost its roof in the town of Douglass. A trained storm spotter reported a tornado touchdown just south of town. Other reports include snapped power poles and trees.

As the storm continues to move northeast, those who live north of Highway 400, east of Leon and south of Rosalia should remain in a storm shelter.

Storm Team 12 is also tracking a storm in the souther part of Lyon County pushing northeast. Currently, there has been no tornado spotted with this storm only rotation.


4:35 p.m.

A strong storm that may have produced a tornado has been sported south of Douglass.

There are also reports of downed power poles and the storm may have taken out of half of the town's pear trees. Dime-size hail and street flooding has also been reported.

The storm is currently moving northeast and those who live near the town of Leon are encouraged to get into their storm shelter.


4:08 p.m.

A TORNADO WARNING is in effect for northern Cowley County and southern Butler County until 4:45 p.m. An area of rotation was reported northeast of Udall and south of Douglass.

A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for BUTLER and COWLEY counties until 4:45 p.m. This is radar-indicated and no...

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Friday, 24 May 2019


2:47 p.m.

A tornado watch is now in effect for parts of south-central and southeast Kansas until 10 p.m. A flash flood watch has been issued for central and eastern Kansas until Saturday morning.

Eyewitness News has crews headed to 2nd and Bleckley where a vehicle has become submerged in the water. We've also received several reports of up to quarter-size hail from across Wichita.

Storm Team 12 says storms capable of producing hail, flooding rains and a few tornadoes are possible throughout Kansas through Sunday.


1:55 p.m.

The National Weather Service has released its latest outlook for Saturday and it shows much of western and central Kansas in the enhanced risk area for severe weather.

Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen has issued a 3-day Weather Alert for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Storms are expected to subside Monday - just in time for Memorial Day - but they could return on Tuesday.

The storm threat continues Friday through 10 p.m. Storms on Saturday and Sunday are expected to fire up into the afternoon and evening. The main threat includes heavy rains, hail, and flooding for areas that don't need it.

Be sure to stick with

for the latest update on your holiday weekend forecast and severe alerts.