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Archive for Saturday, June 18, 2011

NWS cancels severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County; watch still in effect through 3 a.m.

Storm causing power outages around county

June 18, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated June 18, 2011, 3:06 a.m.

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3:06 a.m. update

The severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County has been allowed to expire.

2:41 a.m. update

Power is being restored to customers in Douglas County who were without after a line of storms moved through the area. Currently only 218 residents are still without.

1:35 a.m. update

The count of Douglas County residents without power has climbed to 953. The outages are still largely concentrated near 23rd and Iowa Streets, though a cluster of outages have also been reported in North Lawrence.

Multiple calls for business alarms and fire alarms have been received, though none have proved actual.

1:23 a.m. update

More than 800 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County are currently without power as severe weather moves through the area. Reports of downed power lines account for most of the outages. The majority of the current outages are concentrated near 23rd and Iowa Streets.

Crews are working to clear power lines and poles from roadways. There is no timeline for power restoration.

1:15 a.m. update

The National Weather Service has allowed all severe thunderstorm warnings to expire. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 3 a.m.

1:03 a.m. update

A weather-related power outage has left 64 Westar Energy customers in Lawrence without electricity. Crews are currently working to fix the problem, which is believed to be related to lightning strikes and downed power lines.

12:49 a.m. update

The severe thunderstorm warning issued for central Douglas County has been allowed to expire early. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 3 a.m.

12:41 a.m. update

Another severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County has been issued, this time including the southeast portion of the county. A line of severe thunderstorms has been spotted that is capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

The warning will remain in effect until 1:15 a.m.

The line of storms extends from Centropolis to Ottawa to Westphalia and is moving east at 45 miles per hour.

12:31 a.m. update

The severe thunderstorm warning for southern Douglas County has been allowed to expire. Looking at the radar, it's possible another warning is on the way.

Central Douglas County remains under a severe thunderstorm warning until 1 a.m. Small hail was reported in the downtown area.

12:13 p.m.

Central Douglas County is now included in the severe thunderstorm previously issued for southern parts of the county. Lawrence and Eudora are expected to fall in the path of the storm.

The warning will extend through 1 a.m. Saturday. Large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are expected. Law enforcement officials in the county have already called in reports of pea-sized hail in the county.

Anyone outdoors is advised to seek shelter in a building immediately.

The storm was reported seven miles southeast of Lawrence moving northeast at 30 miles per hour.

11:28 p.m. update

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southern parts of Douglas County until 12:15 a.m. Weather radar has indicated a storm capable of producing half dollar-sized hail and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

The storm is currently eight miles northwest of Ottawa moving east at a rate of 15 miles per hour. Lawrence is not expected to be included in the storm, but Ottawa and Baldwin City are on the list of those expected to be in the storm's path.

8:35 p.m. update

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County effective through 3 a.m. Saturday.

A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather, though there is no cause for immediate concern in the area. Residents are advised to continue to monitor the weather as the evening progresses.

Check back to LJWorld.com for more information.

Comments

Darin Wade 2 years, 10 months ago

Its a warning from God that allows olderwomen pedo's to have clearance to have sex with so called childern at 14 and 15 and 16 years old thats all you see in church is always women and no men they dont teach the bible right and cause unrighteousness and oppression and legal perverison which violates our Constitution. this is just a small version ready for the big one to come you have not seen nothing yet..

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missashleya2007 2 years, 10 months ago

I have no power. This sux, did I mention my car is n the garage and I'd like coffee. ..sigh

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missashleya2007 2 years, 10 months ago

I have no power. This six, did I mention my car is n the garage and I'd like coffee. ..sigh

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guess_again 2 years, 10 months ago

And now, long after, at 6:15 we have nearly 3,500 without power.

What has been going on since 3:06??

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thuja 2 years, 10 months ago

No doubt. Purple rain over Clinton Lake.

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Curtis Lange 2 years, 10 months ago

Forgot to add: I have no facts to back this up right now, but when the strong winds went through earlier they had the distinct feel of a microburst. I'll be curious to see what is said when it gets light outside, if there really are power poles down.

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Curtis Lange 2 years, 10 months ago

I find it slightly amusing that the weather is currently worse than when we under the severe t-storm warning, lol. 23rd and Ousdahl flooded yet?

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hujiko 2 years, 10 months ago

impressive straight-line winds currently

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