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Archive for Monday, June 20, 2011

Tornado watch canceled early in Douglas County, storms continue to roll through area

Strong storms were to blame for at least two wrecks in Lawrence on Monday, June 20, 2011. Low visibility caused one driver to jump a curb at 23rd St. and Learnard Ave. and hit a tree, resulting in a limb blocking the westbound lane of 23rd St. around 9:30 p.m. About an hour later, another driver traveling eastbound on Clinton Parkway hit a light pole near Inverness Drive, causing a second vehicle to hit the first and the light pole to block the eastbound lane of Clinton Pkwy.

June 20, 2011, 8:37 p.m. Updated June 20, 2011, 1:41 a.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County until 3 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011. This map indicates the path of the storm as of 8:45 Monday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County until 3 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011. This map indicates the path of the storm as of 8:45 Monday evening.

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Tuesday, 1:38 a.m.

The strongest thunderstorms have made their way out of Douglas County, although 189 Westar Energy customers are still without power. There is a 30 percent chance of storms overnight, according to the NWS. The overnight low is 68 degrees, with a southwest wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday, 11:56 p.m.

The tornado watch for Douglas County originally set to expire at 3 a.m. Monday has been canceled. Storms are still moving through the Douglas County area with lots of lightning.

Low visibility has caused havoc for some drivers. According to Lawrence Police officers on the scene, a vehicle jumped a curb at 23rd Street and Learnard Avenue, hitting a tree and causing a large limb to block the westbound lane of 23rd St. City maintenance crews were clearing the limb around 11:15 p.m.

Two vehicles were involved in another accident on Clinton Parkway near Inverness Drive, where a vehicle hit a light pole and a second vehicle hit the first. The pole was blocking the eastbound lane of Clinton Pkwy. around 11:30 p.m.

Nearly 300 Westar Energy customers are still without power in Douglas County.

10:08 p.m.

Westar Energy's website is reporting 592 customers in Douglas County are without power. Large outages appear in eastern Lawrence and the area just north of 23rd and Iowa streets. There are scattered outages from 23rd to 6th Street, according to Westar's outage map.

9:57 p.m.

There are now 418 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County without power.

9:52 p.m.

Heavy rain has started to pound Lawrence, with 44 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County reportedly without power.

9:47 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm warning has expired. Douglas County remains under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Monday.

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 9:30 p.m. Douglas County is also under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Tuesday. The NWS doppler radar indicated storms capable of producing damaging winds over 60 miles per hour.

These storms were located along a line extending from 10 miles southeast of Holton and Carbondale, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Surrounding counties also under the tornado watch include Franklin, Jefferson, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Shawnee and Osage.

Thunderstorms, hail up to two inches in diameter, wind gusts up to 80 mph and dangerous lightning are also possible in these areas.

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dadsbadnews 2 years, 10 months ago

Had some pretty crazy wind earlier that snapped a couple branches and knocked my flowers over, but no hail (knock on wood). This has definitely been a weird year for storms.

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Looks like the tornado watch has moved on East.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 10 months ago

"Is it a coincidence that Westar is asking the Kansas regulators for a rate hike. Stating that their equipment is old. And all the power outages that have happened just this month??? I don't remember this many outages in one month ever. "

Nope. No Coincidence at all. Westar and God teamed up to do this because they love paying overtime to the linemen.

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blondejuan 2 years, 10 months ago

Is it a coincidence that Westar is asking the Kansas regulators for a rate hike. Stating that their equipment is old. And all the power outages that have happened just this month??? I don't remember this many outages in one month ever.

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Rick Aldrich 2 years, 10 months ago

Can I barrow a cup of electricity?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

Easy does it. 32 mph peak wind recorded on the gust front and all downhill from there, including a nice 14 degree cool-off. Things fell apart just as they got here, thanks.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

Done and done here. Don't know about Autieville.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 10 months ago

Someone better have gotten the dogs in, and be hanging onto that scotch glass.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 10 months ago

Kernal -

Are you looking at the NWS radar? It lags for several minutes depending on what the interns are doing.

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Think once this squall line moves through, we should be done with the severe weather tonight. Let's hope so. At the rate that line is moving, I don't think it's going to be through Lawrence until 9:45pm. Unless the map I'm looking at hasn't been updated in last 10 to 15 minutes.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 10 months ago

leading edge of the lava flow off the rockies.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 10 months ago

Indeed, River. Interesting radar image. Lawrence finally got in the tornado watch, but it has extended way further into Missouri than I thought it would. I had a t-ball game to attend and I noticed all the clouds cleared out. Hot. However, that is more energy. These may get stronger after dark. I'll probably be asleep when this hits. And my wife will say tomorrow morning, "didn't the thunder and lightning wake you up?" Me - "I guess not."

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

It's been a while since I've seen a radar image like that. Looks like a border-to-border prairie fire.

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