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April 30, 2012

Severe storms pass through Wichita; tornadoes reported in Pratt and Barber counties

WICHITA — Wichita is likely out of the path of further severe weather overnight, following a thunderstorm that moved through the city earlier this evening, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

WICHITA — Wichita is likely out of the path of further severe weather overnight, following a thunderstorm that moved through the city earlier this evening, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

The storm, which prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for Sedgwick County, was headed east at 30 mph at around 11 p.m., after dumping nearly an inch of rain at Mid-Continent Airport. The warning was allowed to expire at 10:30 p.m., 15 minutes after it was issued, the forecaster said.

As of 11 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning is still in effect for southwest Butler, northwest Cowley and northeast Sumner counties, including Udall, Belle Plaine, Winfield and Douglas, the forecaster said. Main threats with the storm include 70 mph winds and nickel-sized hail.

Sumner County emergency manager is reporting power outages and downed power poles west of Udall on K-55. Other storm damage is minimal, according to the National Weather Service website.

At this time, other storms, including one in Harper County, should stay south of Wichita, the forecaster said. Sedgwick County, including Wichita, remains under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Storm spotters called in reports of tornadoes touching down briefly in both Pratt and Barber counties, the forecaster said. There were no confirmed tornadoes on the ground in Kingman or Harper counties as of 8:20 p.m.

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