Storm toll: 322 vehicles, 435 tons of brush and counting
July 16, 2014
A week after the July 7 storm that brought winds of 60 to 75 miles per hour to Lawrence and surrounding communities, the total amount of damage is still being tallied. At last count, city of Lawrence spokeswoman Megan Gilliland said, 322 vehicles were damaged by the storm and about 435 tons of tree limbs and trees had been dropped off at the city’s brush drop-off site.
Recent rains helping to end drought; Douglas County now just ‘abnormally dry’
July 14, 2014
Recent rains are helping to remove Douglas County’s drought classification, improving the outlook for summer crops and area water levels. Douglas County is now said to be abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, after having been in a moderate drought as recently as a few weeks ago. Abnormally dry means a given area is either going into or coming out of a drought. By Giles Bruce
City offering assistance for debris removal after Monday night’s storm
July 10, 2014
The city’s brush site at the Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th St., remains open for residents wanting to deposit storm debris from Monday night’s storm.
Lawrence native weathers Japanese typhoon
July 10, 2014
Living most of her life in Lawrence, Kerry Cuny has been through tornadoes. But unlike those — which are over in minutes — the Typhoon Neoguri battered her ninth-floor apartment for some 30 hours straight, with howling winds and driving rain that forced its way in through otherwise secure windows. By Sara Shepherd
Winds of up to 75 mph destroy property, leave residents without power Monday night
10:44 a.m., July 8, 2014 Updated 11:34 a.m.
Winds of up to 75 miles per hour blasted through Douglas County Monday night, leaving many residents with major damage to their property and even more without power. By Caitlin Doornbos
Severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County issued until 11:15 p.m.
July 7, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Douglas County until 2 a.m.
June 30, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Douglas County under tornado watch until 1 a.m.
June 29, 2014
Douglas County is under a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Monday morning, the National Weather Service announced at 6:45 p.m. today.
Significant weather advisory issued for Douglas County
June 22, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a special “significant weather advisory” for Douglas County.
Stay cool: Heat to rise to 94 today, with heat index nearing 100
June 18, 2014
Another hot and humid day is in store today with highs in the mid-90s and heat indices reaching into the 97-102 degree range.
Severe thunderstorm watch canceled, more than 100 without power
01:58 a.m., June 15, 2014 Updated 04:52 a.m.
The thunderstorm watch for Douglas County has been canceled.
Rainfall not a record but still substantial
June 10, 2014
While it wasn’t a historic rainstorm for Lawrence, Monday and Tuesday’s rainfall was substantial nonetheless. From about 2 p.m. Monday through around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence got 2.68 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. By Giles Bruce
Flash flood warning for Douglas County, surrounding area until 4:15 a.m.
June 9, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Lawrence and Douglas County and surrounding areas until 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Other areas covered by the advisory are northern Franklin County, northern Osage County, Shawnee County and southern Jefferson County. One to three inches of rain has fallen over the area with an additional one to two inches expected. Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads.
Trees and power lines down, but storm didn’t pack as big a punch as expected
05:07 a.m., June 5, 2014 Updated 11:28 a.m.
A storm that had delivered 80-mile-an-hour wind gusts in the central part of the state let Lawrence off relatively easily this morning, with some trees down and about 630 Weststar Energy customers without power as of 11:20, but with no injuries.
2 confirmed tornadoes cause damage in NE Kansas
June 4, 2014
A pair of tornadoes damaged several homes and blew dozens of empty coal cars from railroad tracks in far northeast Kansas, but nobody was killed in the late-night storms, the National Weather Service said. The first tornado was an EF-3 carrying winds up to 140 mph Tuesday in Nemaha and Brown counties, said Chad Omitt, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service office in Topeka. The twister struck south of the tiny town of Bern, with a population of just over 150, and north of Oneida, a community of 75 residents nine miles away, Omitt said.