Golf ball-sized hail reported along I-70 corridor in Topeka

S.W. 6th from Western to Polk blocked due to flooding

“A lot of rain is about to drop on Topeka,” the county’s emergency management department tweeted at 6:54 p.m. Thursday along with this photo. (Twitter)

Golf ball-sized hail was reported along the Interstate 70 corridor between Gage and Wanamaker, according to the Shawnee County Department of Emergency Management’s Facebook page.


Other areas north of 10th Avenue received pea and quarter-sized hail.

The thunderstorm brought up to 2 inches of rain to some areas in the county.

S.W. 6th from Western to Polk is barricaded due to flooding, said Dusty Nichols, director of Shawnee County Emergency Management.

The area typically floods with heavy rainfall. The old pipes can’t handle the capacity, Nichols said.

The department is keeping an eye on flood levels at Cross Creek and Shunga Creek.

As of 9:40 p.m., flash flooding is still possible. Additional rain is expected into Friday.

A severe thunderstorm warning for the county expired at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A tornado watch issued at 3 p.m. expired at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Shawnee County remains under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Saturday.

About two-thirds of the state was blanketed with weather watches and warnings for much of Thursday evening on the National Weather Service’s website.

Tornado warnings expired in Dickinson, Geary, Riley, Clay, Saline, Ellsworth, Morris and Wabaunsee counties earlier Thursday evening.