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Severe weather moves across Douglas County early this morning; Lawrence spared


5 a.m. Update As of this update, all severe weather warnings for Douglas County have been allowed to expire. An urban and small stream flood advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m. and a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 8 a.m..

4:50 a.m. Update The storm is now moving into Lawrence from the southwest. No active warnings for Lawrence. The warning for the southeastern part of the county, including Baldwin City, remains in effect until 5 a.m..

4:35 a.m. Update Another severe thunderstorm warning issued now for southeastern Douglas County. Includes Baldwin City until 5 a.m.. Possibility of half dollar size hail with this storm. Moving northeast at 45 miles per hour.

There is also now an Urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 6 a.m. for northern Douglas County.

4:15 a.m. Friday A second severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Douglas County.

The approaching storm is currently near Osage City and is moving northeast towards Douglas County and Lawrence at 50 miles per hour. The National Weather Service in Topeka says the main threat with this storm will be hail, possibly as large as half dollar size. This warning will expire at 4:45 a.m..

An earlier storm moved across Lecompton and extreme northwestern Douglas County just before 4 a.m.. That storm reportedly brought up to nickel sized hail for short periods.

The National Weather Service in Kansas City reported that a storm along the U.S. Highway 24/40 corridor near Tonganoxie dropped an inch of rain on a weather station in just under 20 minutes. A flash flood warning has been issued for that area until 7 a.m..

All of northeastern Kansas is in a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 a.m..

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Carol Bowen 4 years, 11 months ago

At 4 a.m., I am not logged into anything. Douglas County eliminated the loud low pitched storm sirens that you could hear through closed doors. The county installed higher pitched sirens that were less expensive. The thought was that they could afford to install more sirens.

When people complained that they could not hear the new sirens indoors, they were told that it was their responsibility to open their windows or watch TV. Bureaucratic deflection instead of adressing the problem. Not everyone can blog or watch TV. And, most of the bad storms have been happening when we are sound asleep. (See the times posted above.)

It's time to take up this problem with the county again.

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

We have a weather radio. It wakes me up quickly. They aren't very expensive.

Randall Barnes 4 years, 11 months ago

out door warning sirens not indoor warning sirens.get a weather radio or better yet sign up for IRIS it is free and you get phone calls.


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