Archive for Sunday, July 4, 2010

Severe thunderstorm warning expires, flood warning still in effect

Most of the severe weather threat has moved out of the Lawrence area. The precipitation is also expected to taper off for the next several hours.

July 4, 2010, 10:21 a.m. Updated July 4, 2010, 8:01 p.m.

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Lawrence residents gathered downtown took cover Sunday evening as a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area. The fireworks are still planned to go off as scheduled. Enlarge video

8:00 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm warning issued for Douglas County has been allowed to expire. The flood warning is still in effect until 11:15 p.m.

7:38 p.m.

The National Weather Service has now issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective for Douglas County and portions of Jefferson County until 8 p.m. Sunday.

A line of storms has been located about 10 miles west of Lawrence moving eastward. The storm is capable of producing heavy rain and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

The Lawrence fireworks show is still planned to take place tonight. The plan all day, in the event of heavy rain, has been to wait until a break in the rain to shoot off the fireworks. Event coordinator Constance Wolfe recommends bringing an umbrella.

7:29 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flood warning for Douglas and surrounding counties effective until 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

An area of heavy rain has been moving northeast across northeast Kansas. Two to four inches of rain have been falling in a few hours with the weather system. Low lying areas are likely to see flooding.

Sunday morning

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flood watch for Douglas and surrounding counties effective from 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday morning.

Periods of heavy rain are likely over the next few days, and some areas could receive 2-5 inches by Tuesday. Amounts may be higher in local areas.

Counties included in the watch are:

  • Nemaha
  • Brown
  • Riley
  • Pottawatomie
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Dickinson
  • Geary
  • Morris
  • Wabaunsee
  • Shawnee
  • Douglas
  • Lyon
  • Osage
  • Franklin
  • Coffey
  • Anderson

This includes the following cities:

  • Hiawatha
  • Manhattan
  • Abilene
  • Junction City
  • Topeka
  • Lawrence
  • Emporia
  • Ottawa

Comments

Jan Faimon 4 years, 9 months ago

Any word on tonight's fireworks on the river?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months ago

five inches?

reeeeeeeeally?

water that corn.

hope isn't too much.

kinda nice walking in the light rain this afternoon!

kernal 4 years, 9 months ago

Just checked TWC and it says we're in a flood warning and the radar shows some heavy rain coming down at Stull. Gut tells me the fireworks will be only for ducks tonight unless this system picks up some speed on its way East.

kernal 4 years, 9 months ago

Looks like LJW types faster than I did my spellcheck. LOL!

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months ago

The National Weather Service has now issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective for Douglas County and portions of Jefferson County until 8 p.m. Sunday.

A line of storms has been located about 10 miles west of Lawrence moving eastward. The storm is capable of producing heavy rain and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

---okay I'll say it: "we're all gonna die!"

now, we've got that taken care of just fine.

Ralph Reed 4 years, 9 months ago

"---okay I'll say it: "we're all gonna die!"

Channeling Katy Warner now, are we?

Noah Benham 4 years, 9 months ago

Can anyone comment on the status of the city fireworks?

jpreiner 4 years, 9 months ago

So far we've been told the fireworks are still a go. The plan has been to shoot them off rain or shine when there's a break in the weather. That is currently still the plan.

Joe Preiner Web Producer

bookemdano 4 years, 9 months ago

Transformer blew near kasold & bob billings. Houses here with no power

kernal 4 years, 9 months ago

Still scheduled at the usual place downtown.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 9 months ago

9PM and it's raining hard. If fireworks do go off tonight, betting most will stay home.

kernal 4 years, 9 months ago

Depending on where you live, by the time the rain lightens up enough to see where you're going, won't be time to get downtown by 9:45. Hope I can see them from the second floor where it's dry, the beer is cold and no skeeters dive bombing towards me!

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Damp, but fun fireworks. It actually didn't rain during most of the show.

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