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Wichita, area under flash flood watch (VIDEO)

Wichita and the surrounding area are under a flash flood watch through 7 a.m. Sunday. Sedgwick, Butler, Reno, Harvey, Kingman, Harper, Sumner and Cowley counties are included in the watch area.

A flood warning is in effect for Sedgwick County through 11:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita. Eisenhower National Airport was reporting more than 3.5 inches of rain by 9 p.m. Saturday, beating May 16’s previous 24-hour rainfall record of 2.69 inches set in 1951, the National Weather Service said.

Clusters of thunderstorms are expected to persist as the night progresses, forecasters said. Some could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour.

The weather service also has issued a flood warning for Cowskin Creek at 119th Street for Sunday. Forecasters expect rainfall to push to creek to flood stage – 18 feet – by late Sunday morning and continue rising to near 18.3 feet by afternoon.

Nearby neighborhoods could see flooding in their yards.

Thunderstorms dropping heavy rainfall caused some street flooding throughout Wichita on Saturday, especially in low-lying areas and those plagued with poor drainage.

Drivers who encounter such areas are encouraged to find alternate routes. Shallow, running water can wash vehicles from roadways.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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