Torrential rains hammer Wichita area; more than 2,000 lose electricity

Torrential rain pounded the Wichita metropolitan area Thursday night, with forecasters warning of increasing flooding potential.

A nearly stationary thunderstorm was soaking the Clearwater area, the National Weather Service said, with the heaviest rainfall rates topping 2 inches an hour. Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as strong storms rolled through and south of the city.

A flood warning is in effect until 11:30 p.m. for Sedgwick County, with some areas already logging 2 inches of rain in a short time. Winds of 60 miles an hour were reported with some of the strongest storms.

More than 2,000 Westar customers were without electricity late Thursday evening, most of them just south or southwest of Wichita.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger