By The Hays Daily News

The joke many folks continue to tell is that Hays has an imaginary bubble surrounding it, keeping the largest city in northwest Kansas from ever getting an abundant amount of rain and storms.

But Tuesday morning bucked that saying.

In fact, Hays received the largest rainfall amounts in the state as a storm system swept through early this morning, bringing with it heavy rain and fierce lightning.

The largest rainfall reports were 2.9 inches and 2.84 inches -- according to CoCoRaHs, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Those totals came from the southeast portion of the city.

Other widespread amounts of more than 2 inches of rain were reported throughout the city.

The rain was abundant enough the National Weather Service put the region in a flash-flood warning before canceling it at approximately 9 a.m.

The rain sent Van Doren pond along 27th Street in Hays overflowing out of its banks, and water rushing down Lincoln Draw to be dispersed through the draws tunnel. Water was 4 feet high entering the tunnel as of approximately 7:30 a.m.

More storms are forecast for today.

Station Precipitation

Hays 0.3 WSW 3.02

Hays 3.1 SE 2.9

Hays 1.3 SSE 2.84

Victoria 4.0 WNW 2.82

Hays 2.7 ENE 2.74

Hays 0.9 ESE 2.73

Hays 0.5 W 2.7

Hays 0.9 ENE 2.52

Russell 2.4 SSW 2.46

Victoria 0.1 ESE 2.36

Wakeeney 2.6 SSW 2.3

Hays 1.5 NW 2.23

Hays 1.7 NW 2.19

Hays 7.1 SW 2.17

Hays 0.3 E 1.75

Goodland 11 NNE 1.7

Goodland 16.6 NW 1.68

Trego Center 3.4 ENE 1.68

Ellis 4.1 NNE 1.65

Edson 12.7 N 1.62

Hays 5.4 SSW 1.55

Ellis 3.1 E 1.5

WaKeeney 6.1 SW 1.38

Ellis 5.8 S 1.34

Trego Center 5.7 SW 1.33

Wakeeney 10.9 S 1.18

Quinter 3.3 SSE 1.13

Wakeeney 0.7 SE 1.12

Quinter 12.0 S 1.09

Herndon 0.2 NNE 1.08

WaKeeney 5.7 S 1.07

Atwood 8SSE 1