National Weather Service has placed a tornado watch for Sumner and 26 other counties in Kansas

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Landscapes & plants, second place: Laura Hedien, Grayslake, Illinois. According to NWF: A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” retired firefighter Laura Hedien has been chasing storms for 15 years across the Great Plains. With friends, she followed this one from Colorado into Kansas, where, toward nightfall, it shot lightning through a swirling “spaceship” of clouds. “This is what we call a shoot ’n scoot,” she says of the chase. “These storms feel alive, morphing as they move. It’s so exciting.”

According to the National Weather Service, the Storm Predicting Center of Norman has issued a tornado watch for parts of Kansas until 5 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Counties included in the watch are Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Kiowa, Lincoln, McPherson, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick, Stafford, Sumner, and Trego.

The severe weather will take play overnight. Half dollar hail, 60-70 mph wind, and heavy rain may occur. Overnight tornadoes can be very dangerous as it's hard to see the threat.

The NWS is suggesting that people leave their phones or the weather radio on overnight in case of a warning. 

Greg Williams has been the reporter for the Wellington Daily News and Butler County Times-Gazette since May 2021. You can reach him at GWilliams@gannett.com or on Twitter at @GregWilliams28.