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Storms Drop 50-Year Rainfall Amounts

KSAL Staff - April 26, 2016 9:15 pm

Flooding in Wichita Tuesday evening. Twitter photo from Avery Anderson / KSN

Severe storms that rolled through Kansas on Tuesday did not bring any long track tornadoes, but they did drop large hail and 50-year rainfall amounts.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Chad Omitt said that the area between Manhattan and Topeka was experiencing 50-year rainfall amounts. He was urging motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

A small rope tornado touched down about 4 miles southwest of Mayfield in Sumner County. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Wind up to 60 mph was reported west of Topeka as cloud rotation spawned numerous tornado warnings that later were allowed to expire.

Some grapefruit-sized hail fell near the northeast Kansas community of Bremen. Marshall County’s emergency management chief said that reports of roof damage and broken car windows were coming in hours after large hail fell for about 15 minutes early Tuesday evening. Bill Schwindamann said it’s too early to assess whether the huge hail caused any crop damage. Hailstones started small around 5 p.m. before growing to as much as 4 inches in diameter.

Baseball-size hail was reported in Hanover.

With heavy rain falling throughout much of the state, by late in the evening the main concern shifted to flooding problems. Flood, and flash flood warning were in effect for multiple areas.

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