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The severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County has expired.
More than 400 Douglas County Westar Energy Customers are currently without power following the line of storms that moved through the area. Crews are working to repair damaged power lines and blown transformers. An estimate on when power would be restored to all customers was not available Friday evening.
The severe thunderstorm issued for Douglas County has been allowed to expire. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 11 p.m.
The National Weather Service has advised that the storms prompting the severe thunderstorm warnings have weakened and are no longer considered severe. The warnings are expected to expire at 9:15 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning will remain in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.
As the severe thunderstorm passes through Douglas County, more Westar Energy customers are reporting being without power. As of 9:08 p.m. there were 447 customers without power.
The majority of those customers are located south of 23rd Street.
Local law enforcement has also reported winds of nearly 60 miles per hour in Lawrence.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas and surrounding counties. The warning is in effect until 9:15 p.m.
The storm is capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Strong lightning is also a threat with the storm.
The warning also effects portions of Franklin, Johnson and Osage counties.
Westar Energy is also reporting 102 Douglas County customers, mostly in south Lawrence, are currently without power.
The National Weather Service is allowing the severe thunderstorm warning to expire at 6:30 p.m. The storm that had prompted the warning has moved out of the area.
The watch, however, remains in effect until 11 p.m.
The severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect.
The storms are in a line extending from Nortonville to Oskaloosa to six miles northwest of Lawrence, moving east at 35 mph. Winds in excess of 60 mph have been reported.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Douglas and Jefferson counties until 6:30 p.m.
Damaging winds in excess of 55 mph are expected with this storm. The same storm system moving toward our area produced strong wind gusts of 93 mph in Manhattan and caused extensive damage.
Find shelter in a sturdy building at this time.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 11 p.m. Friday.
The primary threats with this story are hail up to two inches in diameter and winds gusting up to 75 mph.
The storms are already firing and are expected to move southward as the afternoon moves along.
Counties included in the watch are: