Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2005

City under tornado, flood watch

May 12, 2005

For the second day in a row, the National Weather Service has placed Lansing under a tornado watch.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service issued the watch for Leavenworth, Atchison, Doniphan, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The watch remains in effect until 9 p.m.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, including tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds in the watch area. It does not necessarily mean severe weather is imminent.

Earlier Thursday, the Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for northeast Kansas, including Lansing, from noon Thursday through Friday morning.

Strong thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall are forecast across the region today. The best chance for heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding is likely to occur tonight. An additional one to two inches of rain is possible as several rounds of strong thunderstorms are expected to affect the region, the Weather Service said.

The tornado and flood watches come a day after severe thunderstorms blew through the area and dropped damaging hail on Lansing.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday near golf ball-sized hail pelted the city. It was the second hailstorm of the day, on the heels of an early-afternoon volley of pea-sized hail.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

The Weather Service warned that flash flooding is a dangerous situation. It recommends monitoring later forecasts and being prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

Strong chances of rain continue in the area forecast through Friday.

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