Augusta gets small taste of severe storm


Augusta and much of  south central Kansas experienced all the sights and sounds of a severe spring storm Wednesday and received just over a half inch of its rain.
A downpour of rain around 2 p.m. Wednesday created some heavy water flows and puddling along the curblines of Augusta streets and highways.
Traffic on Seventh Street (U.S. 54) splashed much of it on nearby easements before it reached city storm drains.
Augusta, Butler County, and south central Kansas were under storm watches most of Wednesday afternoon.
The 2 p.m. surge tapered off to light showers the rest of the afternoon and evening in this community.
But rainfalls in counties north of here necessitated flood alerts which were expected to expire today.
The severe storm season has only just begun.
Safety officials encourage all individuals and families to have plans in place to cope with excessive moisture and storm troubles.
Motorists are advised to turn around when water go over roadways.
There was a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in our area today, Some thunderstorms may be severe in the evening.
Sunshine is expected tomorrow and the thunderstorm chance drops to 20 percent. However, it will be breezy and cooler.
Augusta-area skies will be mostly clear Friday night.
The weekend forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions on Saturday. Highs 65 to 70.