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Wichita weather: Flood warning for parts of metro area

Courtesy of National Weather Service

A flood warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Tuesday for portions of the Wichita metropolitan area after as much as 5 inches of rain fell south of the city Monday, officials said.

Radar estimates of 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in “a real narrow strip” in northern Sumner and southeastern Sedgwick counties, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser said. Wellington, Mulvane, Belle Plaine and Douglass all were soaked by repeated thunderstorms that “trained,” or followed the same track.

The flood warning covers portions of Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler and Cowley counties.

Wichita’s official rainfall total was 1.34 inches from Monday’s early morning and late evening showers and thunderstorms. The rain should be over by the time the work day begins Tuesday, Kleinsasser said.

Highs are expected to push into the low 60s, with cloudy skies and gusty northeast winds. Steady breezes will be in the upper teens, with gusts approaching 40 miles an hour.

Wednesday will see breaks in the clouds, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 60s and winds easing to the low teens and shifting to the east. More chances for rain arrive Thursday and Friday, Kleinsasser said, but no severe weather is expected.

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