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Archive for Saturday, October 17, 1998

STORM SYSTEM BRINGS REPORT OF TORNADO

October 17, 1998

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A line of thunderstorms moved through the area Friday night producing heavy rain, wind and possibly a tornado near Pomona in Franklin County.

``We don't know if this was a confirmed tornado or not,'' said John Woynick with the National Weather Service in Topeka. ``We just have the wind damage right now.''

A tornado warning was issued for Franklin County at 9:38 p.m. At 9:43 p.m., 60 mph winds and a possible tornado were reported near Pomona. There were reports of the tops of trees sheared off and downed branches.

``There were some pretty strong straight-line winds with this,'' Woynick said. ``The storm had weakened before it moved into Douglas County.''

Lawrence received between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain from the storm, according to Weather Data Inc. of Wichita.

There were reports of flooded streets around town, but Lawrence Police said that no roads were closed.

Today's forecast for Lawrence includes a 70 percent chance for rain with a high of 75 degrees.

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