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UPD: Strong storms still possible in the KVOE listening area this evening

Strong storms are still possible this evening.
 
Lyon, Chase, Osage and Greenwood sit in the slight risk area while Morris and Wabaunsee are in the marginal risk area.
 
According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, Widespread rain and embedded non-severe thunderstorms will continue to move northeast across northern Kansas through this evening. Additional storms are likely to develop in south central Kansas later this evening and move northeast into the local area.
 
A few of these storms could become strong to severe this evening.
 
10:40 am Friday
 
Thursday severe weather packed a punch across the state. Storms moved swiftly through the KVOE listener area beginning at 7:30 pm last night. With it, they brought strong winds, heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning.

The storm also brought 1.15 inches of rainfall in Bushong in just a half hour according to storm spotter reports. Wind gusts ranged from 40 mph at Madison city lake to 49 mph at the Emporia airport and 60 mph gusts in west Eureka. Power was down in Hamilton for approximately an hour, affecting some 200 Westar Energy customers.

TV-13 Meteorologist Doug Meyers says that a slight tornado threat cannot be ruled out with the storms.
 
 
 
Meyers says that the time frame has moved up slightly due to the current conditions west of Emporia.
 
 
The threat of severe weather could dissipate as we head into the evening, according to Meyers.
 
6:30 am Friday
 
Severe weather swept through east central Kansas Thursday night and packed quite a punch for some locations. In the KVOE listening area the storms mainly brought strong winds, heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning.
 
The storms moved through the Emporia area between 7:30 and 9 p.m. and moved swiftly.

RAINFALL Totals:

KVOE Studios -.75" (three quarters of an inch)
Emporia airport - .91"
6th and East Street - .72"
Allen - 1.10"

The storm also brought 1.15 inches of rainfall in Bushong in just a half hour between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. according to storm spotter reports. Wind gusts ranged from 40 mph at Madison city lake to 49 mph at the Emporia airport and 60 mph gusts in west Eureka.

In Hamilton, a power line was knocked down along Greenwood Street and Hwy 99. Power was out in the community for about an hour and a half affecting some 200 Westar Energy customers. Elsewhere severe weather impacted other parts of the state more heavily. Many in the Salina are still without power, but it is expected to be this morning.

More severe weather is possible this afternoon and evening as an additional 1-3 inches of rainfall can be expected in much of the area through Saturday morning. Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Coffey and Osage Counties are in a slight risk for scattered severe storms while Morris and Wabaunsee counties are in a marginal risk.

A Flash Flood watch remains in effect for Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties until 7 a.m. Saturday.

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