WICHITA, KS - - Nine tornadoes touched down in Kansas, as we endured the middle day of a multi-day severe weather outbreak Thursday. Six additional tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma.
Several tornadoes touched down in Barton County, but so far, there have been no new reports of damage.
A tornado and 70 to 75 mph winds moved across Saline County between 6 and 6:45 Thursday evening. At one point, spotters were tracking a rain-wrapped tornado one-half mile from the Salina Airport. The Saline County Emergency Manager told KFDI News that large tree limbs down, power outages, and street flooding were all caused by the storms. There was also damage from a possible tornado at the Salina Speedway.
Wichita and Sedgwick County got in on the severe weather, but, nothing more than 60 miles per hour winds were reported in this area.
While it appears the threat for organized severe weather is calming down for tonight, there is another risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon.
Our weather partners at Storm Team 12 say storms should fire up in the mid-afternoon hours, with large hail, strong winds, and torrential rainfall being the main threats. A flash flood watch remains in effect through Saturday morning.