Tornado sirens went off in Dodge City and in southern Ford County but as of Thursday night there were no confirmed tornadoes confirmed to have touched down.

According to the Ford County Emergency Management team the sirens in Dodge City went off due to a siren in Wilroads Garden went off but Dodge City was in no danger.

Between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dodge City had strong thunderstorms with high winds and quarter-size hail, but by 7 p.m. most of the storms had moved east of the area.

Roads closed in Ford County due to the storms were Yucca west of 283, Saddle between 116 and 117 roads and Jewel between 114 and 123 roads. Ford County officials warned people to avoid those areas and not to try and to go through the water or around barricades.

A flash flood warning was issued for Ford County until midnight.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Dodge City had warned Ford County residents to be aware of conditions which were set up for the formation of severe storms right near Dodge City and those storms indeed arrived in the area.

A Historic Presentation set for Dodge City on the Santa Fe Trail was canceled early in the afternoon and the Dodge City Community College Student Activities Center was opened as a tornado shelter Thursday evening.

A regional track meet at Memorial Stadium was interrupted by the storms, but hoped to resume around 7:30 p.m., but another strong thunderstorm coming from Clark and Meade counties threatened that start time. However, the storm weakened and moved to the east, allowing the track meet to start at 7:35 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for southern Ford County around 5:30 p.m. was issued due to a possible twister near Bloom, but again there was no confirmation of a touchdown.

A tornado watch was issued for much of the area, but was canceled shortly after 7 p.m.

The weather forecast for Friday is for more rain and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon, with rain possible into early Saturday morning.

 

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