Tornado watch cancelled

The tornado watch for Johnson County to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, has been cancelled.More information at http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov/weather/alertinfo/10438155

Weather radar link

To follow the radar path of the storm expected to hit the Kansas City area tonight, click here.

Baseball-sized hail in Oklahoma

Former Olathe Chamber of Commerce Tourism director Steven Koranda who now lives in Oklahoma, shared this ph0to of the baseball-sized hail that fell there this afternoon.

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Storm threat postpones Olathe graduation ceremonies

The threat of severe weather forced Olathe District School officials to postpone Sunday night’s graduation ceremonies at all high schools. They were rescheduled for Monday night, May 20.

The school district posted the following note on its website:

“Graduates, your families and your friends…

Our weather service and local safety officials continue to suggest that the likelihood for the most severe weather associated with this storm will arrive in our area between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. As a result, a collective decision has been made to postpone the ceremony until 7 p.m. Monday, May 20. (Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.)

Severe weather is already occurring a few hours south of our area with resulting graduation cancellations. Information about the rescheduling of Project Graduation for tomorrow night will be sent from each individual high school.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience, but stand by the conviction that we will always err on the side of safety for our students, their families and our staff.

Again, our sincere regrets.”

 

Powerful storm produces tornadoes in Kansas

According to an article by the Associated Press, a powerful storm system rumbled through the Plains and upper Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes that damaged roofs and structures near Oklahoma City and kicked up debris in Wichita, Kan.

There were no immediate reports of injuries caused by the funnel cloud that touched down in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond before moving off to the northeast, or the one that touched down near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport late Sunday afternoon.

Forecasters had been warning for days that a big storm may barrel through the region over the weekend, and emergency responders were keeping a close eye on the system in several other states, including Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas.

In Wichita, there were few reports of damage after a storm hit near the airport shortly before 4 p.m. Sedgwick County (Kan.) Emergency Management Director Randy Duncan said officials were “very grateful” that the storm wasn’t more severe.

To read more, click here.

 

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