The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon for 18 counties of southern and southeast Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine move into the region.
“Tropical moisture and heavy rainfall is expected to accompany Hermine’s remnants,” the weather service watch statement reports. “This will likely result in flooding problems.”
Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches are expected along and east of the Kansas Turnpike, according to the weather service, with isolated areas receiving 5 inches. KWCH is forecasting an inch of rain for Wichita, so it will be interesting to see which forecast proves most accurate.
The weather will be warm and muggy, resembling the tropics – appropriate, since a tropical storm is moving through the area -with highs in the upper 70s. East winds will be in the teens, with gusts topping 20 mph.
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Heavy rain is expected tonight and overnight, with lows only dropping into the upper 60s, and the rain will continue through early Thursday afternoon.
For more information on conditions, go to our weather page.