Review of Strong Winds and Heavy Rain June 16th, 2010

Severe Storms and Flash Flooding Impact Northeast Kansas on Thu. June 16, 2010

On Wednesday thunderstorms formed near mid day in Clay, Geary, Riley, and Pottawatomie Counties.  Excessive rainfall in the area was caused by many storms producing heavy rain passing over the same area.  Heavy rain during the previous day caused the ground to become saturated.  During the afternoon of June 16th nearly 2 more inches fell across this area in a short period of time causing flash flooding throughout the area.  As the storm system moved eastward it continued to produce heavy rain.  As it went through Topeka it dropped 2.31 inches of rain in one hour and an additional .45 inch the next hour for a total of 2.76 inches over the two hour span between 5 pm and 7 pm.  By the time the rain stopped 2.78 inches of rain fell at Billard Airport which broke the one day record rainfall total for June 16th.  The record was previously held by the year 1996.   Many cars stalled in flooded streets in Topeka as the water rose.  In Lawrence heavy rain caused significant flooding to streets and parks within the city.  At one point the Buford M. Watson park at Tennessee St and 7th St. near downtown Lawrence was under eight feet of rushing water.  Numerous water rescues were conducted throughout town as motorists became stranded by the quickly rising water.  Aside from Topeka and Lawrence, the hardest hit areas from the deluge were portions of Pottawatomie and Riley Counties as heavy rain caused many roads to be closed.

Flooding was not the only type of hazardous weather to impact northeastern Kansas on Wednesday.  Some of the storms responsible for the flash flooding also brought severe hail and wind to the area.  Many reports of quarter sized hail were received by the National Weather Service office in Topeka, and a storm near Junction City brought golfball sized hail to that area around 2 PM.  Strong, damaging winds associated with the  storms also affected portions of Shawnee and Douglas Counties.  The NWS in Topeka observed a 62 mph wind gust, and an automated weather station at Lawrence Municipal Airport reported a 58 mph wind gust.  As a result of the strong winds many tree limbs up to 6 inches in diameter snapped off of trees in Topeka and Lawrence.

 Static Radar 

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Below are images of flash flooding in Lawrence, provided by Douglas County Emergency Management.  (Click on the photos to enlarge)

 Local Storm Reports

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Local Storm Reports

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1222 PM HEAVY RAIN MILTONVALE 39.35N 97.45W
06/16/2010 E2.00 INCH CLOUD KS TRAINED SPOTTER

RAIN FELL OVER PREVIOUS 30 MINUTES. WATER IS FILLING
GUTTERS ALONG SIDE ROADS IN MILTONVALE.

1232 PM HEAVY RAIN RILEY 39.30N 96.83W
06/16/2010 E1.50 INCH RILEY KS FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

RAIN FELL OVER PREVIOUS 45 MINUTES. MINOR STREET FLOODING
WAS REPORTED IN RILEY.

0154 PM FLOOD MILFORD 39.17N 96.91W
06/16/2010 GEARY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

TWO ROADS FLOODING NEAR THE NORTH END OF MILFORD LAKE.

0156 PM HAIL 4 NW JUNCTION CITY 39.07N 96.88W
06/16/2010 E1.00 INCH GEARY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

ON THE DAM AT MILFORD LAKE.

0200 PM FLASH FLOOD KEATS 39.22N 96.71W
06/16/2010 RILEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

NUMEROUS ROADS REPORTED FLOODED BETWEEN MANHATTAN, KEATS
AND OGDEN

0202 PM HAIL 1 WNW JUNCTION CITY 39.04N 96.85W
06/16/2010 E1.00 INCH GEARY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0206 PM HAIL 5 N JUNCTION CITY 39.10N 96.83W
06/16/2010 E1.75 INCH RILEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0213 PM HAIL OGDEN 39.11N 96.71W
06/16/2010 E1.00 INCH RILEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

0215 PM HAIL 5 N JUNCTION CITY 39.10N 96.83W
06/16/2010 E1.25 INCH RILEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0230 PM FLASH FLOOD 3 WNW ST. MARYS 39.21N 96.12W
06/16/2010 POTTAWATOMIE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

FLASH FLOODING ALONG OREGON TRAIL ROAD WASHED TWO
VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. TIME ESTIMATED.

0242 PM FLASH FLOOD 3 ENE JUNCTION CITY 39.05N 96.78W
06/16/2010 GEARY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

3 INCHES OF WATER COVERING THE WEST BOUND LANES OF 170.

0245 PM FLASH FLOOD KEATS 39.22N 96.71W
06/16/2010 RILEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

FT. RILEY BLVD ANDS WILDCAT CREEK NEAR MHK AIRPORT CLOSED
AND ANDERSON AVE NEAR KEATS DUE TO WATER RUNNING OVER
ROAD.

0300 PM FLASH FLOOD 10 NW WAMEGO 39.30N 96.44W
06/16/2010 POTTAWATOMIE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

FLUSH ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FLASH FLOODING OF HOPKINS CREEK
FLOWING OVER THE ROAD AROUND 8 INCHES DEEP.

0300 PM FLASH FLOOD 2 N BELVUE 39.25N 96.18W
06/16/2010 POTTAWATOMIE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

ONAGA ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD WATERS ABOUT 8 TO 18
INCHES DEEP FLOWING OVER ROAD. ALSO ONAGA ROAD IS ALSO
CLOSED 6-7 MILES NORTH OF BELVUE, AND 4 MILES SOUTH OF
ONAGA WITH WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROADWAY.

0330 PM TSTM WND DMG WSW WILLARD 39.09N 95.94W
06/16/2010 WABAUNSEE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

3 INCH WALNUT LIMBS REPORTED DOWN

0355 PM TSTM WND GST 5 WSW TOPEKA 39.02N 95.76W
06/16/2010 E55.00 MPH SHAWNEE KS BROADCAST MEDIA

WINDS ESTIMATED AT 50 TO 60 MPH.

0400 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 S TOPEKA 39.03N 95.68W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS BROADCAST MEDIA

TREE BRANCHES DOWN ON POWER LINES. TIME APPROXIMATED
BASED ON RADAR DATA.

0412 PM TSTM WND GST TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 M62.00 MPH SHAWNEE KS ASOS

MEASURED AT BILLARD ARPT

0413 PM FLASH FLOOD 1 W MANHATTAN 39.18N 96.59W
06/16/2010 RILEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

RILEY COUNTY EM REPORTES PHOENIX DRIVE AND HIGHLAND RIDGE

ROAD NEAR ANDERSON HAVE BEEN CLOSED DUE TO WATER RUNNING
OVER THE ROAD FROM WILDCAT CREEK RISING OUT OF ITS BANKS.

0414 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 ENE TOPEKA 39.06N 95.63W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS BROADCAST MEDIA

LARGE TREE BLOWN DOWN IN THE 400 BLOCK OF STRAIT AVENUE.

0415 PM FLASH FLOOD 5 SW WAKEFIELD 39.16N 97.07W
06/16/2010 CLAY KS PUBLIC

NUMEROUS COUNTY ROADS WERE FLOODED DUE TO MEASURED
RAINFALL OF 2.30 INCHES IN APPROXIMATELY 30 TO 40
MINUTES.

0415 PM TSTM WND DMG TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS NWS EMPLOYEE

8 INCH TREE REPORTED DOWN ON SARDOU RD.

0415 PM HEAVY RAIN E DELIA 39.24N 95.96W
06/16/2010 M1.30 INCH JACKSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

RAINFALL IN THE PAST HOUR.

0415 PM TSTM WND GST MELVERN 38.51N 95.64W
06/16/2010 E60.00 MPH OSAGE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

TIME ESTIMATED BY SPOTTER AND CONFIRMED BY RADAR.

0429 PM FLASH FLOOD 1 S ALMA 39.00N 96.29W
06/16/2010 WABAUNSEE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

99HWY NAR MILE MARKER 156 CLOSED DUE TO WATER RUNNING
OVER ROAD.

0435 PM TSTM WND GST 4 E CARBONDALE 38.82N 95.61W
06/16/2010 E65.00 MPH OSAGE KS NWS EMPLOYEE

0435 PM TSTM WND DMG ESE GRANTVILLE 39.08N 95.55W
06/16/2010 JEFFERSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

2 FOOT DIAMETER TREE BLOWN DOWN.

0436 PM FLASH FLOOD TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

EM REPORTS CARS DRIVING THROUGH FLOODED STREETS RESULTING
IN WATER RESCUES. 6TH AND TYLER.

0436 PM HEAVY RAIN WILLARD 39.09N 95.94W
06/16/2010 M2.25 INCH SHAWNEE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

MEASURED RAINFALL TOTAL FOR THE PAST HOUR.

0440 PM TSTM WND GST HARRIS 38.32N 95.44W
06/16/2010 E60.00 MPH ANDERSON KS EMERGENCY MNGR

DIME SIZE HAIL WAS ALSO REPORTED IN HARRIS.

0457 PM FUNNEL CLOUD 1 SE EMPORIA 38.40N 96.17W
06/16/2010 LYON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

FUNNEL CLOUD WITH STRONG ROTATION EXTENDED ALMOST HALF
WAY TO THE GROUND BEFORE DISSIPATING.

0501 PM TSTM WND GST 4 SSE EMPORIA 38.36N 96.15W
06/16/2010 E60.00 MPH LYON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0501 PM HEAVY RAIN 3 ESE TOPEKA 39.03N 95.63W
06/16/2010 M2.38 INCH SHAWNEE KS NWS EMPLOYEE

RAINFALL TOTAL BETWEEN 4PM AND 5PM

0505 PM TSTM WND DMG LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS PUBLIC

LARGE TREE LIMB DOWN AT 1700 ILLINOIS. TIME OF EVENT
APPROXIMATED.

0507 PM FLASH FLOOD LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SPOTTER REPORTS WATER 2-3 INCHES DEEP OVER 6TH STREET
BETWEEN IOWA AND CONGESSIONAL STREETS.

0511 PM TSTM WND GST 4 NE LAWRENCE 39.01N 95.21W
06/16/2010 M58.00 MPH DOUGLAS KS ASOS

MEASURED AT ASOS

0515 PM TSTM WND DMG LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS BROADCAST MEDIA

POWER LINES REPORTED DOWN IN SEVERAL PLACES IN LAWRENCE

0517 PM TSTM WND GST 1 NW LAWRENCE 38.98N 95.25W
06/16/2010 M68.00 MPH DOUGLAS KS PUBLIC

PUBLIC REPORT OF A PEAK MEASURED WIND GUST OF 68 MPH.

0518 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 W LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.27W
06/16/2010 M0.98 INCH DOUGLAS KS NWS EMPLOYEE

OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTS 0.98 INCHES OF RAIN IN 15
MINUTES.

0521 PM FLASH FLOOD LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS EMERGENCY MNGR

EM REPORTS FLOODING ON 23RD AND OUSDAHL RD, KEGENDS DR.
TO BOB BILLINGS PKWY ON WAKARUSA, CONGESSIONAL TO
WAKARUSA ON 6TH STEET.

0525 PM FLASH FLOOD TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

SHAWNEE EM REPORTS SHUNGA CREEK OUT OF ITS BANKS AND
FLOODING SHUNGA PARK.

0540 PM HEAVY RAIN TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 M2.78 INCH SHAWNEE KS OFFICIAL NWS OBS

0540 PM FLASH FLOOD 2 E TOPEKA 39.05N 95.64W
06/16/2010 SHAWNEE KS EMERGENCY MNGR

EM REPORTS TRAFFIC BEING DIVERTED DUE TO FLOODING OVER
2ND STREET DUE TO TECUMSEH CREEK EXCEEDING ITS BANKS.

0545 PM FLASH FLOOD 1 S LAWRENCE 38.96N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS EMERGENCY MNGR

WATER RESCUES AT 23RD AND OUSDAHL AS WELL AS 31ST AND
IOWA IN LAWRENCE.

0605 PM FLASH FLOOD LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS EMERGENCY MNGR

DRIVER WAITING ON ROOF OF CAR FOR RESCUE AT 23RD AND
IOWA...WITH ANOTHER DRIVER AWAITING RESCUE ON CAR ROOF AT
WITNERBROOK AND JORDAN. A THIRD WATER RESCUE TAKING PLACE
AT 1900 NAISMITH.

0605 PM HEAVY RAIN 2 SW EUDORA 38.92N 95.12W
06/16/2010 M1.90 INCH DOUGLAS KS TRAINED SPOTTER

STORM TOTAL RAINFALL BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY 4PM AND 6PM.

0615 PM FLASH FLOOD WILLIAMSTOWN 39.06N 95.33W
06/16/2010 JEFFERSON KS EMERGENCY MNGR

3RD AND 5TH STREETS ARE IMPASSABLE.

0630 PM HEAVY RAIN RICHMOND 38.40N 95.25W
06/16/2010 M2.00 INCH FRANKLIN KS PUBLIC

0630 PM FLASH FLOOD PRINCETON 38.49N 95.28W
06/16/2010 FRANKLIN KS EMERGENCY MNGR

FLASH FLOODING IN THE GENERAL PRINCETON AREA.

0632 PM HEAVY RAIN ST. MARYS 39.19N 96.07W
06/16/2010 M2.45 INCH POTTAWATOMIE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

2.45 INCHES OF RAIN FELL THIS AFTERNOON

0702 PM HEAVY RAIN TOPEKA 39.05N 95.68W
06/16/2010 M3.09 INCH SHAWNEE KS OFFICIAL NWS OBS

MEASURED IN 8 INCH RAIN GAUGE AT BILLARD ARPT.

0702 PM HEAVY RAIN LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 M2.34 INCH DOUGLAS KS ASOS

0745 PM FLASH FLOOD LAWRENCE 38.97N 95.24W
06/16/2010 DOUGLAS KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

CREEKS AND STREAMS REMAIN OUT OF THEIR
BANKS...PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY.

 

 



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