UPDATE: Severe storm, flash flood watches continue for KVOE listening area; power outages develop near Emporia

UPDATE: Severe storm, flash flood watches continue for KVOE listening area; power outages develop near Emporia KVOE News graphic

Thunderstorm activity could give us severe weather Wednesday morning and widespread heavy rainfall overnight.

Active warnings

*None currently announced.

No severe weather has been reported, although 50-mph gusts were estimated near Allen. Rain totals:

*KVOE studios: 0.75 inches
*Allen: 0.50 inches

Street ponding developed in parts of Emporia, and the Flinthills Mall parking lot had several inches of water during the heavy rain.

Separate injury crashes were reported on the Kansas Turnpike at mile marker 145, near the Admire-Council Grove exit, and at milepost 138, almost directly between the Emporia and Admire tollgates. Details are pending with both wrecks. Heavy rain was falling on the Turnpike when the crash happened, but the Turnpike Authority has not confirmed whether the rain was a factor in either case.

Two notable power outages have developed after storms moved across the area. Westar Energy says nearly 100 customers went offline just southwest of Lebo a bit before 8 am. That outage has been restored. Lyon-Coffey Rural Electric reports almost 40 customers remain offline about five miles east of Emporia after an outage developed shortly after 7 am.

A severe thunderstorm watch covers Lyon, Chase, Coffey and Osage counties until 11 am, while flash flood watches start Wednesday evening areawide and continue until noon Thursday. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says high wind is the main concern through the morning hours, and there is a chance of anywhere from two to six inches of rainfall overnight.

There is a good chance of storms both Wednesday morning and overnight. There is another likelihood of storms Thursday morning and overnight, with lower chances of storm activity each day from there until Tuesday.

Any rainfall this week would cause delays to construction projects, including the Prairie Street overpass. Assistant County Engineer Jim Brull says the sealant process began recently, and the current timetable has that process ending by Friday if the rain holds off. Work began in late June and could end next month.

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