Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings that stretched through southeastern Geary, west central Wabaunsee and southwest Wabaunsee counties and a flash flood warning were all part of the Thursday night weather pattern in the region.
Tornado sightings from the same cell occurred in the western part of Wabaunsee County and again later near Lake Wabaunsee. No injuries have been reported. During the warning period Geary County Emergence Management Director Garry Berges said a funnel cloud was sighted north of the interstate, “in Riley County, it came into Geary County, stayed aloft, rotation in the clouds, moved on farther to the south toward Eskridge, and that was the tornado warning for Volland. ”
Thunderstorm warnings began in Riley County and the storm cells later tracked southeast. During the nine o’clock hour the National Weather Service later issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Geary County and parts of five other counties.
A flash flood warning was issued for east central Geary, southeastern Riley, Wabaunsee County and south central Pottawatomie County. Thunderstorms had produced heavy rain across the warned area. Up to three inches of rain had fallen in some areas and another one to three inches was possible in the warned area. In Manhattan the Riley County Police Department only reported some flash flooding on Juliette Avenue.
The storm activity during the evening produced 1.5 inch diameter hail in Leonardville and at one point dime sized hail in Manhattan. No rain fell in Junction City.