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Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001

Lawrence area in tornado watch

April 6, 2001

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The Lawrence area is in for a stormy, windy evening, which could include some severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has posted a tornado watch for the Lawrence area until 1 a.m. Saturday.

Severe storms lashed parts of western Kansas earlier Friday, with at least one tornado confirmed by weather spotters, the National Weather Service said.

Tornado warnings were issued beginning late Friday afternoon in an area that includes Hiawatha, Manhattan and Marysville.

Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported in Hill City.

Spotters reported a tornado about 1 p.m. near Quinter along Interstate 70 in Gove County. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The Lawrence forecast called for a 70 percent chance for rain, with thunderstorms likely. Forecasters also said some thunderstorms could be severe with damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. Southerly winds, 20 to 30 mph were expected.

Overnight, skies should clear, but windy conditions will prevail, with some gusts 35 to 50 mph, forecasters say.

Windy conditions are also expected Saturday, with sunny skies and temperatures reaching 75.

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