Area in tornado watch
The surrounding area was pelted by heavy rain and pea-sized hail this afternoon, and more severe weather could be on the way according to 6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack.
A tornado watch was issued for Douglas County until 6 p.m. Thursday evening and for Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties until 10 p.m.
A line of storms pushed through Douglas County just after 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center announced multiple tornado warnings throughout the state this afternoon and has reported two tornadoes, Schack said.
She said the Lawrence area will have a break for a few hours before another line of storms moves through.
A wind advisory is also in effect until 6 p.m. for much of central and eastern Kansas, including Douglas County. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon between 25 to 35 mph with gusts around 40 mph.
The National Weather Service said the high winds can topple trees, blow weakened roofs off houses and down power lines.