Severe weather strikes multiple areas of North Central Kansas (PHOTOS)


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Severe weather season started slowly in North Central Kansas this year, but it made it’s first significant appearance with a vengeance on Tuesday. Torrential rains, damaging hail and several tornadoes touched down in the late afternoon and evening hours throughout our listening area.

Tornado warnings were issued in areas of northern and southern Mitchell County as well as in Jewell County. Tornadoes were also reported in Cloud County near Glasco as well as another between Aurora and Clyde. A tornado touched down in Ottawa County as well. Later in the evening, a tornado warning was also issued in Smith County near Lebanon.

Heavy rain, with estimates of 3-5 inches, prompted flash flood warnings for Osborne and Mitchell Counties.

Flooding washed out an area, including the shoo-fly, where bridge work is being conducted in Mitchell County on Victor Road between P and Q Roads. Paula Kisslinger photo
Another view of flood damage on Victor Road between P and Q Roads in Mitchell County. Paula Kisslinger photo.

Rainfall totals reported in our local area included nearly three inches in Simpson, and four inches between Beloit and Simpson along with golf ball sized hail.

Golf ball sized hail between Beloit and Simpson. Corey Isbell photo.
Four inches of rain received between Beloit and Simpson. Corey Isbell photo

As of late Tuesday evening there were no reports of injuries, but there were multiple reports of property damage as well as power poles and power lines down across some roadways. Authorities will continue to assess damage on Wednesday.

The storms caused a semi to jackknife on I-70 in northern Ellsworth County, south of Lincoln, and blocked traffic for a time.

5.5 inches of rain were reported 12 miles south of Glen Elder. Tennis ball sized hail was reported 12 miles south of Beloit. 2.75 inches of rain were recorded southwest of Tipton, and more tennis ball sized hail was reported 8 miles north of Lucas.

Tennis ball sized hail north of Lucas, Kan. Todd Clover photo
Additional hail stones north of Lucas from Tuesday, May 1. Todd Clover photo.

Another round of severe weather is expected this afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms are expected to develop along the same front that they did yesterday, which will be further to the southeast than yesterday. Large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and some flooding is possible during the afternoon and evening.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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