Wakarusa Festival fans leave a stage after event organizers advise attendees of an approaching severe storm June 5, 2008. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in Douglas County, indicating an approaching storm could produce strong winds and hail. Many people who could chose to leave the park in their vehicles.
Chris Vdakes, left, who runs a taxi service at the Wakarusa Festival, looks at weather radar on his phone with David Barrett, Wakarusa Event Coordinator. At 7:45 p.m. Barrett announced an approaching severe storm to festival attendees on a nearby stage. According to Tasha Riggins, Wakarusa Festival spokeswoman, electrical generators and other musical equipment was turned off in preparation for the severe storm. Many attendees immediately began leaving the park and other sought shelter in the campground areas at Clinton State Park.
Winds picked up at Clinton State Park where thousands of people were attending the opening day of Wakarusa Festival. More than 100 fans were listening to music on a smaller stage near the entrance of the campgrounds before an event organizer advised them to seek shelter due to an approaching severe storm.
Adam Gross, Topeka, holds down "Paul and Chrissie's Free Stuff Tent" on Thursday, June 5, 2008 during a thunderstorm at the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival.
Lawrence resident Carl Masters kicks back with his iPod on the hood of his car at the city parking garage as a severe thunderstorm roles through town Thursday, June 5, 2008.
T.J. McDowell, 13, took advantage of Thursday night's storm to play with a friend, Arthur Hall, not pictured, in the rushing water from a down spout at Hobby Lobby.
Thursday night's storm that passed through Lawrence about 9:30 p.m. left high water at 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road, but cars still tried to get through the water that caught a few drivers by surprise.