K-99 closed north of Emporia due to flooding, other storm damage from Thursday night isolated in scope as flood warnings continue

A severe thunderstorm produced this wall cloud north of Emporia on Thursday. The storm later produced at least one funnel cloud outside Bushong. A severe thunderstorm produced this wall cloud north of Emporia on Thursday. The storm later produced at least one funnel cloud outside Bushong. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Full damage reports are pending after a night of severe thunderstorms in the Flint Hills.


The National Weather Service has confirmed public reports of a tornado eight miles south of Council Grove shortly before 9 pm. Damage reports are pending and there are no reports of injuries.

Initially, the Weather Service said there was a second tornado five miles northeast of Americus. The Weather Service says it plans to confirm the activity in central Lyon County with the help of emergency management Friday morning.

Lyon County Deputy Danny Broyles says overnight damage reports were isolated.

Flooding rainfall was a calling card of the storms as they worked across the area. Four inches of rain were reported in Americus and 3.5 inches near Bushong, prompting several road closures:

*2000, 2100 blocks Kansas Highway 99
*Road 220 at Highway 99 blocking eastbound traffic
*Road M at Highway 99 blocking northbound traffic
*Road H north of Road 160
*Rd H5 & Rd 215 keeping traffic off of Rd 215.
*Road J from 240 to 246
*2500, 2600 blocks Road N
*2500, 2600 blocks Road P
*RD 190 west of Burlingame Rd
*900,1000 block Road 150
*800 block Road 215
*400 block Road 240
*400, 500 blocks Road 260
*1200 block Road 270
*Road 150 between Roads P and R
*Rd 215 approx. a quarter-mile west of Rd H5.  Motorists are asked not to travel east.
*Road 290 from E to F

The following roads have also been barricaded:
Rd 220 at Hwy 99 stopping traffic from going East
Road M at Hwy 99 stopping traffic from going North.

Other rain and flooding reports:

*KVOE studios: 1.6 inches
*East Emporia: 1.65 inches
*North Emporia: 2 inches
*Northwest Emporia: 1.88 inches
*Americus: 4 inches
*Between Hartford and Olpe: 1.16 inches
*Burlington: 1.43 inches
*Bushong: 3.5 inches. Water a foot deep over Road 340 Thursday night
*Council Grove: 1.07 to 1.87 inches. Extensive flooding up to 1 foot deep Thursday night
*Dunlap: 1 inch
*Hartford: 3.55 inches
*LeRoy: 1.05 inches
*Miller: 2.15 inches
*Olpe: 0.60 to 1.16 inches
*Osage City: 1.08 inches
*Reading: 2.5 inches
*Strong City: 2 inches
*Central Lyon County (220 and J): 3.6 inches

Flood alerts continue for much of the area.

*Greenwood County is in a flash flood warning until 12:15 pm. A separate flood warning continues until 9:45 am
*Most of Lyon County, including Emporia, is in a flood warning until 11:45 am. Coffey and southern Osage counties are also included
*North Lyon, southeast Morris and southeast Wabaunsee counties are in a separate flood warning until 11 am
*The Marais des Cygnes River near Reading is in a warning until 8 pm. The river should rise above the 19-foot flood stage Friday morning. It should crest at 19.5 feet and then go below flood stage before noon.
*A flash flood watch continues for Lyon and Coffey counties until noon
*A flash flood watch continues for Greenwood County until 7 pm Saturday

Two water rescues were reported, one near Roads 260 and K and another in the 2000 block of Highway 99. Details about the 260 and K incident are pending. The call for the Highway 99 water rescue was canceled.

Hail reports:

*Americus: Quarter-sized hail
*Cottonwood Falls: Quarter-sized hail
*Council Grove: Golf ball-sized hail
*Dunlap: Golf ball-sized hail
*Northeast Lyon County: Quarter-sized hail

Also, most of the town of Admire is still without power after the storm activity. Over 100 Evergy customers are offline. Close to 500 Evergy customers in Allen, Admire, Miller and the Reading area lost power late Thursday night.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers says we have another risk of severe weather Friday -- for the same reason as what we had Thursday.

The Storm Prediction Center keeps a marginal severe weather risk south of the KVOE listening area Friday and just east of the area Saturday.

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Last modified on Friday, 15 May 2020 16:25