The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Thursday and a flash flood watch for the Wichita metropolitan area until 1 p.m. Friday.
Rain began falling in the downtown area shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.
A severe thunderstorm watch was also issued after radar detected a thunderstorm near Mulvane moving northeast at 45 mph shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. Gusts of 60 mph and quarter-size hail were expected, but the watch was allowed to expire after 2 p.m. Rains, again, began falling shortly before 5 p.m.
Much of central Kansas remains in a flash-flood watch through Friday. Grounds are saturated from recent rainfall over the past several days.