Waves of strong storms bring large hail, heavy rain to Flint Hills Featured

By Chuck Samples and Brandon Peoples May 15, 2018 482 0
Large hail was reported in numerous area locations. This hailstone was pictured at Reading. Large hail was reported in numerous area locations. This hailstone was pictured at Reading. Photo by Alicia Entrikin

Clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms targeted the KVOE listening area for several hours Monday.


Storms began developing in northern Greenwood County shortly before 2 pm, dropping heavy rain on the Madison area. The storms didn't become widespread until after 5 pm, but once they did they caused multiple warnings simultaneously until after 8 pm. Several severe weather reports were filed, including:

*2.5-inch (tennis ball size) hail near Council Grove and Eskridge
*1.75-inch (golf ball size) hail near Le Roy
*1.5-inch (ping pong ball or walnut size) hail near Hartford, Scranton and Wilsey
*1.25-inch (half dollar size) hail near Emporia, Carbondale and Olpe
*1-inch (quarter size) hail in Emporia and Thrall, near Eskridge and near Reading

Heavy rain was the other main concern.

*4.25 inches near Hamilton
*2.75 inches near LeRoy and Olpe
*2.25 inches near Hartford
*2.1 inches near Gridley
*1.85 inches at Emporia Municipal Airport
*1.7 inches between Olpe and Hartford
*1 inch in west Emporia and Neosho Rapids
*0.75 inches at KVOE
*0.7 inches in east Emporia
*0.10 inches near Allen

A flood warning is in effect for Chase and northern Greenwood counties until 8 am. Area rivers, however, have not seen much impact from the rainfall.

Thunderstorms are possible virtually all week, but severe weather is unlikely the rest of the week.

10 pm Monday: Storms dump large hail, heavy rain

Severe thunderstorms have rumbled across parts of the KVOE listening area Monday.

Storms developed across northern Greenwood County shortly before 2 pm and shifted east through the afternoon. Since then, several clusters of strong to severe storms have re-fired near Emporia. 

Storm reports as of 9 pm:

HAIL

*2.5-inch (tennis ball size) hail near Council Grove and Eskridge
*1.75-inch (golf ball size) hail near Le Roy
*1.5-inch (ping pong ball or walnut size) hail near Hartford, Scranton and Wilsey
*1.25-inch (half dollar size) hail near Emporia, Carbondale and Olpe
*1-inch (quarter size) hail in Emporia and near Reading

RAIN

*2.75 inches near Le Roy and Olpe
*2.25 inches near Hartford
*2.1 inches near Gridley
*0.50 inches at KVOE

A flash flood warning affects southern Lyon and west central Coffey counties until 11:15 pm.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. Send storm photos to KVOE by messaging the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

4-6 pm Monday: First round of severe storms continues, second round possible Monday evening

Severe weather could be in play for the rest of Monday after an already active afternoon.  

Lyon County missed out on most of the heaviest precipitation, which stayed centered Monday afternoon over parts of Greenwood and Coffey counties. There also were several reports of large hail with these storms.

According to the National Weather Service, golf ball sized hail was reported four miles east of Le Roy, ping pong ball sized hail was reported by law enforcement four miles north of Hamilton. In addition, penny sized hail was reported near Madison and quarter-sized hail was reported by the Greenwood County Emergency Manager.

A flash flood warning is posted for southern Coffey County until 8:15 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect for the entire KVOE listening area until 10 p.m.

4 p.m. Monday

Strong storms have developed near Emporia, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for portions of the area.

Current warnings include:

*Southeast Lyon, southwest Coffey counties until 2:45 pm

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

1:30 pm Monday: Severe thunderstorm watch areawide until 10 pm

The possibility of strong storms through Monday evening has prompted the Storm Prediction Center to issue a severe thunderstorm watch for KVOE listeners.

Lyon and all surrounding counties are under the watch, which currently expires at 10 pm. Hail to the size of tennis balls, wind gusts up to 75 mph and heavy rain are all possible as storms develop and move through the area.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates. As always before potential severe weather events, we encourage you to download KVOE's mobile apps and to join KVOE on Twitter and Facebook for instant weather alerts if you have not already done so.

6 am Monday: Slight risk for hail, high wind, heavy rain by Monday evening

There are a lot of shower and storm chances for the week ahead. Surprisingly, there aren't a lot of severe weather chances -- and in fact, the only current risk for severe weather this week happens to be for late Monday afternoon through the evening hours.


There is a slight chance of showers and storms for the KVOE listening area by late afternoon with a better chance around sunset. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says not all severe weather hazards will be in play.

Shower and storm chances are with us virtually every day through Sunday, with Thursday currently the only exception. Aside from Monday, the potential for severe weather is too low for any mention by the Storm Prediction Center.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates Monday as warranted.

 

Photos from KVOE listeners: Cathy Ceren, Linda Crook, Skyler Delmott, Adam Dirks, Tammy Dix, Alicia Entrikin, Stan Fowler, Kenna Havens, Alyson Lauxman, Molly Mills, Kim Parks, Ed Rathke, Charlene Rowland, Jan Schoenberger, Bruce Urschel, Christina Wittgartner

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