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Heavy rains plague Friday evening commute (+video)

Downpour in Wichita Friday

An Eagle photographer got caught in the downpour that hit Wichita Friday afternoon. ( Video by Fernando Salazar)
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An Eagle photographer got caught in the downpour that hit Wichita Friday afternoon. ( Video by Fernando Salazar)

A storm passing through the Wichita area around the evening commute Friday caused flooding problems throughout town.

Most of the flooding was reported in east Wichita, between Hillside and Woodlawn and from Kellogg on south, according to the Sedgwick County Twitter account.

A meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wichita said there were reports of more than an inch of rain in east Wichita. At the service’s location near the airport, it had picked up only 0.16 inches of rain by 6 p.m. Friday.

Emergency crews responded to about 15 calls of people stranded in stalled-out cars in high water, according to a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher.

Power was knocked out for more than 1,500 people in Sedgwick County around 4:30 p.m. Friday, though as of 6 p.m., that number was down to about 800.

An Eagle photographer got caught in the downpour that hit Wichita Friday afternoon. ( Video by Fernando Salazar)

The Wichita area remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Friday, a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Saturday, and an areal flood warning until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the service, more storms could come through the Wichita area later Friday evening, though the area is expected to dry out Saturday.

Chances for storms are expected to return Sunday and will continue throughout next week, according to the National Weather Service.

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