This video- courtesy of Tulsa Channel 8- shows flash flooding along U.S. 69 in Pryor-OK..
Serious flash and river flooding is on-going in the Tulsa area- and is forecast to continue this weekend.
The weather radar image from around the same time the photos were taken indicates a general rotation northwest of Lawrence- the direction the photos were taken.
However a tighter- stronger rotation had developed just southeast of Lawrence.
This part of the storm would drop the tornado in southwestern Leavenworth county around 6:30pm- about 10 minutes after the last photo was taken.
Channel 9 had their news chopper up- and a reporter and cameraperson travelling west toward Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike/I-70 when the tornado formed near the Lawrence Service area- around 238th Street and Loring Road.
While the helicopter brought Channel 9 viewers live pictures of the funnel swirling across the countryside- the reporter and cameraman in the station vehicle below were forced to pull over on the Turnpike and take cover in a ditch as the tornado moved along the Interstate.
The funnel missed them and at least 3 other travelers who took cover in nearby ditches filled with rainwater. No one was injured either on the Turnpike or in any of the reported 6 homes struck by the twister.
A Leavenworth couty emergency spokesperson said the damage was mostly minor at the 6 homes. There were outbuildings and vehicles on those properties damaged or destroyed however. Power was knocked out for around a thousand customers in the area.
The funnel lifted for good just west of Bonner Springs in the vicinity of 188th Street & Metropolitan.
The tornado-bearing part of the storm then moved eastward- toward thousands sitting out a delay race at the Kansas Speedway. Officials herded thousands of fans still at the track into tornado shelter areas until the storm passed.
The storm weakened over the Metro- then again produced tornado warnings and a tornado near the Cameron-MO airport. There were no reports of injuries or damage there.
All in all an exciting Saturday evening weather-wise in the Metro.
Could Sunday evening be a repeat? Stay tuned....