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Severe Storms Expected This Afternoon

Severe thunderstorms are possible generally east of a Marysville to Junction City line on this afternoon. The primary threats from the storms will be large hail, frequent lightning and damaging winds. A tornado cannot be ruled out. Have a plan on how to receive severe weather information if you have outdoor activities today. Read More >


The same upper level low pressure system that helped to trigger shower and thunderstorm development across the Central Plains Friday night produced widespread heavy rain across the region Saturday and Sunday.  This caused extensive river flooding across northeastern Kansas, and ponding of water over roadways and low lying areas across the region.  Numerous reports of flooded roadways and homes were received.


Kansas River from Sardou Bridge in Topeka morning of May 7.



Flooding east of Oakland Expressway to south of Kansas River, morning of May 7.



The Kansas River at Lawrence, Monday afternoon, May 7.




Cooperative Observers, Automated Surface Observation Stations, and Storm Spotters all reported rainfall amounts during the period to the National Weather Service at Topeka.  Several Cooperative Observers also record and report river levels for local creeks and streams. 


The National Weather Service Flood Safety Page can be found HERE.