Archive for Friday, December 26, 2008

Douglas County under tornado, severe t-storm watches until 5 a.m.

December 26, 2008, 10:05 p.m. Updated December 27, 2008, 3:55 a.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of eastern Kansas, including Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson and Leavenworth counties. The tornado watch is in effect until 5 a.m. Saturday.

At 3:53 a.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued. The storm, capable of producing quarter-size hail and gusts of 60 mph, is moving across Kansas at 75 mph. Shortly before 4, the storm was 22 miles west of Ottawa, moving northeast. The thunderstorm warning lasts until 4:30 a.m., and is expected to affect Douglas and Franklin counties.

The bulletin lists the following locations as those expected to be affected by the storm: Ottawa, Centropolis, Globe, Rantoul, Lone Star, Clinton, Clinton Lake, Pleasant Grove, Baldwin City, Clinton State Park, Wellsville, Vinland, southeast Lawrence and Eudora. The Kansas Turnpike, between mile markers 200 and 206 is listed, as is Interstate 35, between mile markers 158 and 199

The National Weather Service warns that severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes quickly.

Comments

Tom McCune 6 years, 7 months ago

Extreme cold, snow, then 65 degrees, and now a tornado watch. In December? What's next? A plague of locusts?

Matt Elwell 6 years, 7 months ago

Most of these storms developed on top of Douglas County and became severe AFTER they pushed to the east of the state line. There are some storms to the south of Manhattan, KS that are very strong. It is once that line pushes past that we lose the severe threat. We are following these storms in the weather center and will be on-air if any of these storms look like they pose a problem.Matt Elwell6 News Meteorologist

mltetbnc 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the information Matt! Much appreciated.

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