Saturday, July 26, 2014

Severe weather expected this weekend

By The Herald Staff | 4/25/2014

TOPEKA — With wicked spring weather forecast for the weekend, Kansas officials were warning residents and motorists of conditions that could include tornadoes and baseball-sized hail Saturday and Sunday.

Severe weather was expected to begin Saturday morning in central Kansas with thunderstorms and hail, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka. The threat continues into the evening with the potential for large baseball-sized hail and strong 70 mph or more gusting winds. A slim tornado risk follows, the weather service said.

The storms are expected to strengthen along and east of the Flint Hills.

“The best thing to do is stay informed on changing weather conditions by listening to your weather radio or local radio and television stations,” Angee Morgan, Kansas Division of Emergency Management deputy director, said. “Review your home emergency plan and check your emergency supplies. If the sirens sound in your area, head to your storm shelter and listen to weather broadcasts.”

Another round of thunderstorms is expected to begin Sunday morning for the eastern half of the state with the main threat being large hail. The storms are expected to hit between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the weather service. A second round is forecast as early as 10 a.m. Sunday, again with 70 mph or more winds and baseball-sized hail. The storm system could last until 8 p.m. Sunday.

“Any isolated storms will be strong and could have the potential for tornadoes,” a release from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, said. “These will not be a classic line like with supercells. The system will move north/northeast at 40-50 mph and should disperse by 9 p.m. Sunday.”

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