Archive for Friday, August 19, 2011

Flash flood watch issued for Douglas County through Saturday morning, more residents without power

August 19, 2011, 10:13 p.m. Updated August 20, 2011, 2:17 a.m.


2:14 a.m. update

There's no break from the weather here in Lawrence. Rain is currently pelting the area, befitting of the flash flood watch we're currently under until later this morning. Westar Energy had restored nearly all the power to customers in Douglas County before this line of storms started moving through.

It was then that the number jumped once again. There are currently about 700 customers reporting outages in the county, with most concentrated near 23rd street east of Iowa.

We're just about out of the tail end of a storm system that had produced hail and damaging winds in counties to our north.

1:27 a.m. update

A line of strong thunderstorms headed this direction has led the NWS to issue a special weather statement. The statement warns of strong winds and small hail possibilities in the next 20 minutes for portions of northern Douglas County.

There are currently no severe weather warnings in the county and none are anticipated.

10:12 p.m. update

The National Weather Service has placed Douglas County and surrounding counties under a flash flood watch through Saturday morning.

The watch calls for several rounds of thunderstorms to pass through the area, dumping large amounts of rain across the county. One to two inches of rain are expected, which will increase runoff rates and the potential for flash floods.

A watch means conditions are favorable for the floods, but the event is not imminent.


riverdrifter 6 years, 10 months ago

Flash flood warning? That flat-out sounds OK.

Bob_Loblaw 6 years, 10 months ago

Considering we lose power around here even if a squirrel farts....I guess I should brace for yet another night and day of Westar fun.

jackpot 6 years, 10 months ago

My rain gauge shows 2.10" in little over 1 hour.

Curtis Lange 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! THAT was a severe thunderstorm. I'm up north of the turnpike in the industrial area and saw numerous buildings (including the one I'm in) take direct shots from lightning. Kind of shocked we still have power; flickered a couple times, but it never went out.

Erin Graham 6 years, 10 months ago

Definitely surprised there aren't more outages than there are, especially out east, given the amount of lightning and strengthening wind.

Erin Graham 6 years, 10 months ago

If the rain hadn't been so heavy, that would have been a great lightning photo op!

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