Archive for Friday, May 15, 2009

Tornado watch and flash flood warning expire for Douglas County

Emergency crews retrieved a car from the flooded intersection of 13th and Brook Streets on Friday, May 15, 2009.

May 15, 2009, 7:55 a.m. Updated May 15, 2009, 11:17 p.m.


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11:15 p.m. Westar is now reporting only nine customers without power. At the height of the storm, more than 100 customers were without power.

9:45 p.m. The flash flood warning for southern Douglas County has expired.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Douglas County at this time. A flash flood warning remains in effect for Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties was expected to expire at 10 p.m.

8:41 p.m. The tornado watch for the area has been canceled. The flash flood warning has also been lifted in Lawrence but it continues until 9:45 p.m. for southern portions of the county.

7:21 p.m. Teri Smith of Douglas County Emergency Management just checked in with some road reports from the storm, which dropped more than three inches of rain in two hours in parts of Douglas County. Officially, the Lawrence Airport, as of 7:15 p.m. had received 2.34".

Water was reported over the roadways:

In the 1700 to 1900 blocks of Kentucky

At North Second and Locust

In the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Brook Street. A water rescue occurred there.

In the 1100 block of 27th Street

At 23rd and Ousdahl

Near the intersection of Dakota and Louisiana streets.

In the 1000 block of E1500 Road.

In the 2500 block of Maverick.

On U.S. Highway 56 near County Road 1039.

County Road 458 west was impassable due to high water near Wakarusa School.

At E1200 Road and U.S. Highway 59, some debris washed over the roadway.

Near the intersection of 19th and Tennessee streets.

Near the intersection of 11th and Haskell streets.

Near the intersection of 23rd and Redbud streets.

Near the intersection of 19th and Massachusetts streets.

In the 800 block of N1000 Road

At the intersection of E 700 and N950 road, where 3" of rain was reported.

6:51 p.m. Most of the severe weather has moved out of the Lawrence area, though a tornado watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning is also in effect until 7:45 p.m. for northern parts of the county and 9:45 p.m. for southern areas.

Most of the severe weather, however, has moved out of the area.

6:42 p.m. According to 6News meteorologist Matt Elwell, we've received 2.17" inches of rain in Lawrence today, with all but .10" coming this afternoon.

6:29 p.m. Another inch of rain is possible between now and 7 p.m. according to the latest information from the National Weather Service.

6:13 p.m. A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for extreme southwest portions of Douglas County until 7 p.m. The severe thunderstorm warning for the rest of the county has expired.

A flash flood warning remains in effect, as does a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

6:04 p.m. Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical units are responding to a water rescue in the 1300 block of Brook Street in East Lawrence.

The area is near Brook Creek Park. People were in a car and became trapped by high water.

5:59 p.m. Overheard on the scanner: "Put 1100 block of 27th Street on the list for barricades, if they have any left."

Yes, flooding at most of the intersections in Lawrence.

5:55 p.m. We're up to 74 households in Douglas County without power right now.

5:51 p.m. Douglas County emergency dispatchers have received more than four reports of vehicles stuck in standing water around Lawrence.

Also, the National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning until 9:45 p.m.

5:43 p.m. Kari Wempe, a spokeswoman for Douglas County Emergency Management, said there's been extensive reports of flash flooding.

She warned people not to leave their homes and offices if they could. She said a car had stalled at the underpass in North Lawrence.

She also cautioned parents to be vigilant and to keep children away from creeks and streams.

5:36 p.m. We just received word of very heavy flooding at the intersection of 11th and Haskell. A car has stalled in the intersection.

Also, a Lawrence police car has stalled on Kentucky Street after driving north from 19th Street.

Remember, turn around, don't drown.

5:31 p.m. A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southern Douglas County until 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service is also predicting 1-3" of additional rainfall by 6:30 p.m.

Flooding is being reported at several of the usual locations around town, including in East Lawrence.

5:25 p.m. We just got a report of flooding at the underpass at N. 2nd Street in North Lawrence.

We also have spotted the occasional almost-quarter sized stone on the downtown sidewalks.

5:15 p.m. National Weather Service radar is reporting golf ball sized hail in the area of Baldwin City. Another strong hail core is located near the Shawnee-Osage-Douglas county lines.

5:10 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, much of Douglas County has already received an inch or more of rain with it continuing to come down quickly.

Another line of storms is behind the current band in our area.

5 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the southern portion of Douglas County until 5:45 p.m. A separate warning continues for portions of Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.

Minor flooding has been reported in Eudora.

Heavy rain has also resumed in downtown Lawrence.

4:55 p.m. Westar Energy reports 13 households in Douglas County are without power right now.

Also, this is just the first of possibly several lines of storms to move through Lawrence. While we may dry out now, more severe weather is expected throughout the afternoon and evening.

4:48 p.m. The severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County has been allowed to expire. The warning continues for southern portions of Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and the northwest areas of Johnson County until 5:15 p.m.

4:43 p.m. The National Weather Service has extended the severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County into parts of southern Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties, as well as northwest Johnson County.

4:30 p.m. Hail is falling in Downtown Lawrence. We're trying to get pictures but it's a bit tough in all this rain. Send your hail pictures to editor[at]ljworld[dot]com.

4:22 p.m. Heavy rain is moving through the Lawrence area. The National Weather Service updated its severe thunderstorm warning to say a storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail was moving east at 25 mph toward Lawrence.

4:01 p.m. The National Weather Service has extended a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 4:45 p.m. The watch now includes all of Douglas County.

3:51 p.m. A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for northern Douglas County and areas north and east until 7:45 p.m.

At 3:42 p.m., National Weather Service radar indicated very heavy rain from a line of severe storms was moving over the area. Radar estimates two inches of rain would fall per hour. The storms were building and expected to continue for an extended period of time. One to three inches of rain is possible.

3:41 p.m. The National Weather Service has updated its severe thunderstorm warning. A storm was located 11 miles east of Topeka and moving northeast at 25 miles per hour. Lecompton, Perry, West Central Lawrence and Oskaloosa were in the line of the storm.

3:16 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 4 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a storm capable of producing quarter-sized hail was moving toward Douglas County.

3:10 p.m. At 3 p.m. the Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch for Douglas County and areas south and west in effect until 10 p.m. Another tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. covers Kansas counties north and east of Douglas county.

2:34 p.m.The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Shawnee and Jefferson counties in northeast Kansas. Still no watches or warnings for Douglas County.

At 12:50 p.m., the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., issued a tornado watch for a portion of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri, including the Kansas counties of Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson.

Northeast Kansas, including Douglas County, is in a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, with the highest probability of storms occurring between 3 and 7 p.m. The chance of storms persists throughout the evening and night, but the highest probability moves southward, according to the center.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across much of the Midwest during the day today, with the probability zeroing in on northeast Kansas this evening. Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible.

Stick with and Sunflower Broadband's 6News for all the latest severe weather coverage.


Music_Girl 7 years ago

bring on the thunder and lightning!! wooooooot!

Chris Ogle 7 years ago

This has been one hell of a spring. Farmers were busy planting yesterday and night.

I planted my crop (three tomatoe, and one pepper plant). Best I can tell, they have just been sitting around doing nothing.... but still alive.

Does anyone have those upside down tomatoe plants??

Bobo Fleming 7 years ago

I have the topsy turvey tomato plants. Time will tell if they work. If they do its great because all you have to do to them is water. But so far no blossems so we will see.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

yeah i do they still alive so far they look funny. Time will tell got a late start so not sure when they will produce, they do look funny.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

that would be nice if I was people in this house are mato crazy. I am thinking should have done some regular planting also just to see any diffrence but hey if they grow and produce I will be happy.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Upside down tomato plants = wise use of space and water and fewer maintenance hours.

We're doing more container gardening while our plot lays fallow this year. Chard,peppers,basil peppers,little eggplants,tomatoes etc etc. Potatoes are suppose to be great container crops because of the easier harvesting...dump the pot and bingo potatoes.

pooter 7 years ago

I plant my tomato plants in bales of hay.

No fuss no muss.


Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

well the weather on my puter says we are now under a tornadie watch all I know is that it is humid

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

still not in the mood for this weather but it is cooling it off alittle.

kmat 7 years ago

I've had great success with tomatoes and peppers by keeping them in pots on the porch until the first week of June. I fertize them a lot and baby them and by the time I plant them I have tomatoes growing. Right now mine are growing like mad and all have blooms. I even have some green peppers about the size of quarters.

the rule of thumb in this area is that you don't plant any tomatoes in the ground until the first weekend of May.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

also flash flood warning, I think warning is right.

xbus, you're spelling "tomatoe" is the Dan Quayl method!

TOB, how dare you disagree with Merrill, don't look at the man behind the curtain! never ever question his advice! don't remember that Merrill posted he favors power outages to force energy conservation. he says broken streets are passive traffic calming devices.
no, don't look behind the curtain.

the storm coming right now doesn't sound too much to worry about at its current condition.

gsxr600 7 years ago

Anyone going to blame this on the Obama Administration?

Alia Ahmed 7 years ago

My friends and I are going to make our own upside down tomato container. Here's a link if you'r interested in doing it yourself.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

wouldn't credit him with being a "really nice guy." the guy thinks he ought to run this town, with downright crazy ideas. he's one reason the roundabouts have sprouted around town.

willie_wildcat 7 years ago

It's so dark over here on the east side that it feels like night time!

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years ago

I got a topsy turvey this year, planted two mater plants in one, a early girl and a sweet cherry tomato. I've been told that you have to keep them very watered, or they'll dry out. we'll see how it does. I'm going to compare to the ones planted in the ground, if i ever get around to doing that. darn bermuda grass took over my garden last fall.. grrr..

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

23ed st. was slow and very busy, and that was before most of the rain.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

this'll prevent crimes in the alleys of lawrence!

Piggles 7 years ago

I just peeked outside and the retaining pond across the street has overflowed and it looks like a lake! Also cannot see the curb to my street either.

Piggles 7 years ago

Not going to believe this but two kids are outside playing in the flooded retaining pond while it is lightning outside as well!!!! How stupid! I just hope they don't get caught in the drainage pipe when the water starts to recede. . . Not sure where the parents are at. . .

Chris Ogle 7 years ago

"..., you're spelling “tomatoe” is the Dan Quayl method"

=================================== so I am hooked on phonics

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

sorry TOB, didn't mean to come off confrontational. and I wouldn't expect you to agree with everything I post. if that were the case, one of us would be superfluous.

Shardwurm 7 years ago

Darwin awards to the morons driving in the picture.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

yes Py, it kept up a heavy rain/hail for a very long time!

unfortunately, I had to cope with a roof leak in the kitchen during it. guess what, now I know there's a leak! yeeeeha.

RKLOG 7 years ago

What a bunch of idiots in the cars.

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