At 240 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located 9 miles northwest of Kinsley, moving east at 15 mph. The damaging tornado features 11/4-inch hail. Weather spotters confirmed tornado.
Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.
The tornado as headed for Lewis and Garfield.
Protective measures include moving to a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Anyone in a mobile home, or a vehicle should move to the closest substantial shelter to be protected from flying debris.
The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a flood warning for Barton County in central Kansas until 3:15 p.m. and a tornado watch until 10 p.m.
At 12:21 p.m., the public reported street flooding in parts of Great Bend due to ongoing thunderstorms in the area. Locations that may experience flooding include Great Bend, Ellinwood, Pawnee Rock, Albert, Great Bend Airport and Cheyenne Bottoms. Radar estimates one to two inches of rain has already fallen across parts of Barton County and an additional one to two inches is possible through this afternoon. This will lead to an increased risk of flooding over the next few hours.
Counties in the tornado watch are Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Clark, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ford, Geary, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Kiowa, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner and Wabaunsee counties.
At this time, the greatest risk of severe weather looks to be focused along and south of a line from Hutchinson to Cassoday. Across that area, large hail up to hen egg size, damaging winds of 60 to 75 mph, and a few tornadoes will be possible. North of that line, wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph and hail up to half dollar size will be possible.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon, first over central Kansas, then eventually across south-central and southeast Kansas.