A strong storm system made its way through much of western Kansas on Friday night, bringing heavy rain to much of the region.
The brunt of the storm’s impact, with large hail and extremely high wind gusts, hit southwest of Hays in Hodgeman County and extended to Garden City.
Ellis County, however, collected some of the highest rainfall amounts from the storm, with a report of 2.35 inches southeast of Victoria.
“As far as rain is concerned, Ellis County around Hays got an inch, and further south, the southern Ellis County rainfall was around 2 inches,” said Kelly Sugden, a meteorologist with Dodge City National Weather Service. “That was the heaviest rainfall, that part of central Kansas.”
Despite the heavy rain, there were no local reports of flash flooding, Sugden said, noting a rain storm of this extent is more typical during the summer season.
Reports on the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network also showed reports of more than an inch near Ness City, and as much as 1.72 inches just east of La Crosse. Around Hays, reports varied from three-quarters of an inch to 1.64 inches southwest of town.
A tornado warning was issued for nearby Ellsworth County after 7 p.m. Friday, but there were no confirmed reports and no damage was reported, said Keith Haberer, emergency management coordinator for Russell and Ellsworth counties.
“We had unconfirmed reports from some spotters that there was a tornado, but we never had any confirmed reports from our spotters that there was a tornado,” Haberer said. “I don’t know that we had anything touch the ground.”
The possible tornado was reported in the southern part of the county near Holyrood.
This week’s forecast includes a slight chance of rain Monday, but will be mostly clear. There is, however, a chance of overnight frost mid-week as temperatures are expected to dip before warming back to the 70s by Thursday.
“It will be a little reminder that we are in fall, definitely,” Sugden said.