The heaviest rain bands of disintegrating tropical storm Hermine steered just east of Wichita, meteorologists said, but enough rain was in the forecast to postpone the annual land rush at the Walnut Valley Festival.
"We're just on the western edge" of the heavier rain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jakub on Wednesday.
Forecasters said Wednesday that Wichita could get 1 to 2 inches of rain from the storm, with the heavier amounts on the eastern side of the city and Sedgwick County.
Flooding could be an issue in portions of southeast Kansas, forecasters warn. Chanute, for instance, could get 6 inches of rain before Hermine leaves the state.
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Butler County could receive 3 inches.
"It does look like southeastern Kansas is going to get quite a bit more" rain, WeatherData meteorologist Phil Warren said.
Hermine's configuration means two cities not far apart on the map could receive significantly different rainfall totals, Warren said.
Concerned about the forecast, organizers of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield postponed the annual land rush from today to 7 a.m. Saturday.
The land rush is when campers can set up their camp sites for the festival on the Cowley County Fairgrounds. The festival starts Wednesday and runs through Sept. 19.
"We're afraid it'd be a muddy mess" if the land rush occurred as planned today, said Rex Flottman, the festival's media director.
With rain expected to end by about noon today in Winfield, he said, the grounds will have more than a day to dry before campers move in.
"We debated long and hard" about the postponement, Flottman said, but the organizers decided it was the best course of action.