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Heavy Rain and Flooding Concerns From the Southwest to the Upper Midwest; Heat Continues to Build in the East

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon in the Four Corners region and northern High Plains through the Upper Midwest. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall that will likely lead to scattered instances of flash and urban flooding. Meanwhile, the ongoing dangerous heat wave will peak across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic through the weekend. Read More >

Strong Winds and Heavy Rain Rip Through Topeka on Sunday Night.

Strong winds and heavy rain accompanied a strong storm complex which moved through northeastern and east central Kansas late Sunday night into Monday morning.  Rainfall totals of between .75" and 2.00" inches were commonly reported across the area.  Isolated reports over 2 inches were also received by the National Weather Service. Flooding and flash flooding impacted the areas that received the most rain overnight.  The hardest hit areas of flooding and flash flooding were Geary, Morris, Riley, Wabaunsee, Douglas, and Lyon Counties, where multiple reports of stranded motorists and closed roads were received.  

See the daily COOP map for the 24 hour storm total precipitation.

Aside from the flooding resulting from the heavy rain, strong winds did damage to portions of Topeka, Kansas near midnight.   A storm damage survey concluded that tree damage was the result of strong straight line winds, estimated between 70 and 85 mph, which pushed through the area overnight.  Large trees were snapped or uprooted by the winds, and fell on nearby structures and vehicles.  A wind gust of 83 mph was measured just south of downtown Topeka near 21st Avenue and Kansas Avenue.

Above:  An animation of the winds as they moved through Topeka.  The lighter shades of red denote the stronger winds on the order of 60-85 mph.

Below:  A map of the area where damage occurred in the city of Topeka.  Pictures below the map are numbered.

 1: A large rotten Elm was toppled in Crestview Park

Large Tree Damage in Topeka

2. A large tree fell on a house in the Shunga Dr. neighborhood.

 Large Tree Damage in Topeka

3. Limbs of a silver maple tree were snapped.  Minor gutter damage to the apartments was also observed.

 

4:  An uprooted oak tree near where a measured 83mph wind was reported.

Large Tree Damage in Topeka

Local Storm Reports

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

0935 PM     TSTM WND GST     7 S ABILENE             38.82N 97.21W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0939 PM     TSTM WND GST     SOLOMON                 38.92N 97.36W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0950 PM     TSTM WND GST     ABILENE                 38.92N 97.21W
06/13/2010  E65.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0956 PM     TSTM WND GST     SSE CHAPMAN             38.97N 97.02W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1009 PM     TSTM WND GST     JUNCTION CITY           39.03N 96.83W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       GEARY              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

1022 PM     TSTM WND GST     10 SSW MANHATTAN        39.04N 96.62W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       GEARY              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1030 PM     FLASH FLOOD      JUNCTION CITY           39.03N 96.83W
06/13/2010                   GEARY              KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SOUTH WASHINGTON STREET NEARLY IMPASSIBLE DUE TO RUNOFF
            FROM HEAVY RAINFALL.

1034 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 SW MANHATTAN          39.18N 96.58W
06/13/2010  E50.00 MPH       RILEY              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            3 INCH TREE LIMBS BROKEN

1051 PM     TSTM WND GST     ALMA                    39.02N 96.29W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       WABAUNSEE          KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

1052 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 ENE ST. GEORGE        39.21N 96.37W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1055 PM     TSTM WND GST     W EMPORIA               38.40N 96.18W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       LYON               KS   PUBLIC

            RELAYED FROM KVOE.

1100 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 NNW WAMEGO            39.21N 96.31W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1101 PM     TSTM WND GST     NW MCFARLAND            39.05N 96.24W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       WABAUNSEE          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1109 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 NNE LOUISVILLE        39.31N 96.30W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1110 PM     FLASH FLOOD      MANHATTAN               39.18N 96.57W
06/13/2010                   RILEY              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            MULTIPLE ROADS FLOODED IN THE CITY OF MANHATTAN AND
            IMPASSIBLE. TWO WATER RESCUES BEING PERFORMED IN THE CITY
            WHERE CARS STALLED IN FLOOD WATERS.

1111 PM     FLASH FLOOD      4 E WILSEY              38.64N 96.60W
06/13/2010                   MORRIS             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HELMICK ROAD...1400 ROAD, V AVENUE WEST OF 1400 ROAD
            FLOODED BY A FOOT OR MORE OF WATER. WATER FLOWING OVER
            ROADS MAKING THEM IMPASSABLE.

1115 PM     FLASH FLOOD      2 N ST. GEORGE          39.22N 96.42W
06/13/2010                   POTTAWATOMIE       KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FLUSH ROAD NORTH OF ST. GEORGE.

1115 PM     TSTM WND GST     ESKRIDGE                38.86N 96.11W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       WABAUNSEE          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            PEA SIZE HAIL ALSO REPORTED.

1119 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 WSW OSAGE CITY        38.63N 95.83W
06/13/2010  E75.00 MPH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1120 PM     TSTM WND GST     OSAGE CITY              38.63N 95.83W
06/13/2010  E75.00 MPH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1122 PM     TSTM WND GST     W TOPEKA                39.05N 95.68W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       SHAWNEE            KS   BROADCAST MEDIA

            AT LEAST 60MPH WINDS REPORTED BY KTKA.

1125 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 WSW TOPEKA            39.02N 95.74W
06/13/2010                   SHAWNEE            KS   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A LARGE SYCAMORE TREE APPROXIMATELY 60 INCHES IN DIAMETER
            WAS SNAPPED. CENTER PART OF TREE WAS ROTTED OUT. OTHER
            SMALLER DIAMETER TREES APPROXIMATELY 12 TO 24 INCHES IN
            DIAMETER WERE ALSO SNAPPED. TIME WAS ESTIMATED FROM
            RADAR.

1130 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 S TOPEKA              39.03N 95.68W
06/13/2010  M83.00 MPH       SHAWNEE            KS   STORM CHASER

            STORM CHASER MEASURED 83 MPH WIND GUST

1130 PM     TSTM WND DMG     1 S TOPEKA              39.03N 95.68W
06/13/2010                   SHAWNEE            KS   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A LARGE OAK TREE WAS UPROOTED NEAR 21ST AVE AND KANSAS
            AVE. TIME WAS ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

1136 PM     TSTM WND GST     TOPEKA                  39.05N 95.68W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       SHAWNEE            KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

1148 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PERRY                   39.08N 95.39W
06/13/2010                   JEFFERSON          KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES DOWN IN PERRY...CAUSED BY BROKEN TREE LIMBS.

1152 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 WNW PERRY             39.10N 95.45W
06/13/2010  E60.00 MPH       JEFFERSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1159 PM     TSTM WND GST     PERRY                   39.17N 95.45W
06/13/2010  E70.00 MPH       JEFFERSON          KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ESTIMATED AT PERRY LAKE DAM.

1205 AM     NON-TSTM WND GST 6 ENE WILLIAMSTOWN      39.10N 95.23W
06/14/2010  E70.00 MPH       JEFFERSON          KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            21ST AND WELLMAN ROAD.

1218 AM     TSTM WND DMG     GARNETT                 38.28N 95.24W
06/14/2010                   ANDERSON           KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            BROKEN POWER POLE IN TOWN.

1219 AM     FLASH FLOOD      LAWRENCE                38.97N 95.24W
06/14/2010                   DOUGLAS            KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            1100 BLOCK OF W 19TH IN CENTRAL LAWRENCE, SOUTH OF KANSAS
            UNIVERSITY FLOODING.

1219 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 S LAWRENCE            38.94N 95.24W
06/14/2010                   DOUGLAS            KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            23RD AND OUSDAHL FLOODING. POLICE BARRICADING THE ROAD.

0238 AM     FLOOD            1 E EMPORIA             38.40N 96.16W
06/14/2010                   LYON               KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            SEVERAL ROADS FLOODED ACROSS LYON COUNTY...1800 BLOCK OF
            ROAD 145...1450 BLOCK OF ROAD V...1400 BLOCK OF ROAD
            150...1500 BLOCK OF ROAD R...1700 BLOCK OF ROAD H.

0630 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 E ADMIRE              38.64N 96.01W
06/14/2010  M2.00 INCH       LYON               KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL FROM MILLER COOP OBSERVER

0658 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 E BURDICK             38.56N 96.73W
06/14/2010  M1.02 INCH       MORRIS             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL FROM DIAMOND SPRINGS COOP OBSERVER

0710 AM     HEAVY RAIN       WILSEY                  38.64N 96.68W
06/14/2010  M2.38 INCH       MORRIS             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

0722 AM     HEAVY RAIN       ESE GRANTVILLE          39.08N 95.55W
06/14/2010  M2.00 INCH       JEFFERSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 STORM TOTAL

0725 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 N DUNLAP              38.61N 96.37W
06/14/2010  M1.30 INCH       MORRIS             KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

0729 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 WNW OLPE              38.28N 96.24W
06/14/2010  M1.40 INCH       LYON               KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

0746 AM     HEAVY RAIN       10 WNW OSAGE CITY       38.70N 95.98W
06/14/2010  E2.10 INCH       LYON               KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

0945 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 E NORTONVILLE         39.41N 95.31W
06/14/2010  M1.95 INCH       JEFFERSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

1020 AM     HEAVY RAIN       E ST. MARYS             39.19N 96.07W
06/14/2010  M2.40 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HR STORM TOTAL

1101 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 SW MANHATTAN          39.18N 96.58W
06/14/2010  M1.90 INCH       RILEY              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL