Flash flooding possible today

Severe weather risk for tonight. (National Weather Service graphic)


A flash flood watch is in effect today in Wyandotte County, until 7 a.m. May 20, according to the National Weather Service.

After heavy rains overnight, along with hail and lightning, Wyandotte County is poised to receive 2 more inches of rain tonight.

Additional thunderstorms are expected throughout the day Friday, the weather service said. A few of these could be severe with large hail and damaging winds possible.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected this evening into Saturday morning, which may lead to flash flooding, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service reported that Kansas City received 3.05 inches of rain on Thursday, the 10th wettest day in May in the 129 years that weather has been recorded here.

Flash flooding is possible tonight into Saturday, according to the weather service. Saturated grounds will not be able to absorb any water, leading to rapid runoff and flash flooding. The flash flood watch is in effect through early Saturday morning.

About 1,500 customers were without power as of Thursday at 10:48 p.m., according to the Board of Public Utilities outage map. By 7 a.m. May 19, the number of customers without power was down to 310.

On Thursday, a reported 19 tornadoes hit a four-state area, with the worst damage in Oklahoma.

Today, according to the weather service, there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms, mainly after noon in Wyandotte County. The high will be near 75, with an east wind of 5 to 10 mph. From a alf-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Tonight, there is a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and some storms could produce heavy rainfall, according to the weather service. The low will be around 60, with an east southeast wind of 6 to 11 mph becoming north in the evening. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain are possible.

Saturday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., the weather service said. There will be a high near 66, with a west wind of 7 to 11 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

Saturday night, the low will be 48 with a west wind of 5 to 10 mph, according to the weather service.
Sunday, the high will be near 70 with sunny skies, the weather service said, and a west wind of 5 to 8 mph.

Sunday night, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The low will be around 52.

Monday, there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 71, the weather service said.

Monday night, the chance of precipitation is 60 percent, with showers and thunderstorms likely before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 53.

Tuesday, it will be partly sunny with a high of 66, the weather service said.

Forecast rainfall for Friday and Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)

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