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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.
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.
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