Storms generate isolated hail, high wind reports

By Chuck Samples and Brandon Peoples April 14, 2018 288 0

Severe storms developed west of Emporia on Friday afternoon and for the most part have cleared the area.

So far, there have been a handful of severe weather reports.

*1-inch hail at Council Grove Lake
*1-inch hail near Eureka
*71-mph wind gust at Eureka Airport

Emporia received a short burst of moderate to heavy rain as the storms crossed the area.

Tornado watches were issued for much of the KVOE listening area, but those were canceled early as storms moved away. 

For Saturday night, winter returns as we have a chance of a rain-snow mix and overnight lows in the mid-20s.

3 pm Friday: Severe thunderstorms developing; tornado watches issued

The severe weather threat is evidencing itself with thunderstorm development and the issuance of tornado watches.

A tornado watch is underway until 9 pm for Lyon, Coffey and Osage counties until 9 pm. A separate tornado watch is effective for Greenwood County until 10 pm.

Severe weather coverage is ongoing on KVOE and KVOE.com. 

1:30 pm Friday: Tornado watch issued just south of Emporia

A risk of severe weather has prompted the Storm Prediction Center to issue a tornado watch for part of the KVOE listening area Friday.

Greenwood County is part of a large watch box effective until 10 pm. The watch extends east into Missouri and south into Texas.

Besides a risk of tornadoes, hail to the size of tennis balls and 80-mph winds are also possible.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.

6:30 am Friday: Mother Nature set to hit area with fire danger, severe weather risk and briefreturn to winter

Remember the old adage, "If you don't like the weather in Kansas, wait 10 minutes?" That will be on full display between now and Sunday.


Severe weather could develop along and east of Kansas Highway 99 Friday afternoon. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says the chances of severe weather aren't great, but people need to be ready for all severe weather hazards as storms develop early Friday afternoon.


Storms will likely be moving at around 50 mph as they develop and mature.

In addition, this is another no-burn day across much of the area. Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Morris and Wabaunsee counties are in red flag warnings from 12-7 pm Friday. Wind advisories also blanket the entire KVOE listening area with wind gusts expected as high as 50 mph.

Meanwhile, travel could be a bit hazardous Saturday night as temperatures get cold enough to support a slight chance of snow. Not much accumulation is expected, and the main concern could actually be wind chills. Temperatures will dip to the mid-20s Saturday night and wind chills could be in the low teens or high single digits with winds as high as 35 mph.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for the latest on our changing weather the next couple days.

9:30 pm Thursday: Severe weather possible Friday afternoon, evening

An interesting weather pattern continues for the KVOE listening area Friday with the possibility of severe weather impacting the area.


The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. has the KVOE listening area in a virtual split between a marginal to slight risk for severe weather, with the greater potential for storm development in locations east of Emporia in the afternoon and into the evening. Coffey, Osage and eastern portions of Lyon, Greenwood and Wabaunsee counties are in the slight risk for severe weather. Chase, Morris and western portions of Lyon (including Emporia), Greenwood and Wabaunsee counties are in the marginal risk.

Up to baseball size hail, damaging winds and tornadoes will all be possible with this storm system, with the most likely timeline for activity happening between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The National Weather Service in Topeka says winds could gust between 60 and 80 mph and any severe storms that develop will move rather quickly.

Stay tuned to KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for further updates.

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