Weather pattern may continue

A tornado warning was issued Thursday afternoon for Leavenworth County, but there were no confirmed touchdowns of tornados in the county.

"We're not aware of any touchdowns," said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

Magaha also said he did not have an immediate explanation why outdoor warning sirens did not initially sound when the tornado warning was issued.

Magaha said he received word from the National Weather Service that a pilot had reported a tornado touching down in the county, but this was not confirmed.

"We had quite a few of our spotters on it," he said.

He said a huge wall cloud passed over the Lansing area.

"It was totally rotating," he said.

He said the storm apparently produced a tornado that touched down in the area of Weatherby Lake, Missouri.

Magaha said Thursday afternoon's storm did produce quarter size hail in Leavenworth County.

This was on top of a storm that produced nickel size hail earlier in the day.

As of 4:30 p.m., about 1.26 inches of rain had fallen during the day in the city of Leavenworth. This measurement was ahead of another round of stormy weather that arrived in the county a short time later.

Citing the weather, Lansing city officials canceled a planned City Council work session Thursday evening.

Magaha said there may be additional storms over the next several days.

"This pattern is going to be in place through Wednesday," he said.

Magaha said the system used to operate the outdoor warning sirens indicated the sirens had sounded at the start of the tornado warning. But Magaha said he received reports countywide that the sirens were not activated.

The sirens did sound later during the tornado warning.

Magaha said he would investigate why the sirens did not initially work.

A flash flood warning was issued for Leavenworth County Thursday.

Stranger Creek, which is prone to flooding, had risen to 17.93 feet by 4:30 p.m. at Easton. The creek's flood stage for the Easton area is 17 feet. A forecast from the National Weather Service predicted the creek would crest at 19.9 feet.

Stranger Creek had risen to 8.77 feet by 4:30 p.m. in the Tonganoxie area, but a NWS forecast predicted the creek would reach 24.1 feet in this area. The flood stage for this area is 23 feet.

A NWS website indicated that the Missouri River also was on the rise Thursday. The river was at 12.51 feet at 4 p.m. But this was well below the river's flood stage of 20 feet for the Leavenworth area.

A section of Kansas 5 Highway was closed Thursday in Lansing because of flooding from Seven Mile Creek, according to Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kim Qualls.

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