Weather

Thunderstorm warning, tornado watch issued for Wichita area

A driver navigates a flooded Mosley Street in Old Town during a brief downpour early Thursday afternoon. (May 26, 2016)
A driver navigates a flooded Mosley Street in Old Town during a brief downpour early Thursday afternoon. (May 26, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

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.

Farmers survey damage Thursday after a tornado tore through north of Abilene on Wednesday night.

Watch the dramatic timelapse of a tornado as it touches down near the western Kansas town of Scott City within a few miles of Ramsey Farms on May 24, 2016. (Video courtesy of Ramsey Farms)

Much of central Kansas remains in a flash-flood watch through Friday. Grounds are saturated from recent rainfall over the past several days.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

  Comments