Severe weather in Kansas threatens popular lake weekend

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Many Kansans are lake-bound this Labor Day weekend but with storms in the forecast, park rangers encourage you to have your “plan B” in place if you’re camping out.

At Sedgwick County’s Lake Afton park, there are six storm shelters strategically placed around the lake but park superintendent Mark Sroufe says fortunately, they’ve never been used.

“Hopefully we don’t have to use them but they’re here in case we do,” Sroufe said.

In the event of severe weather, park rangers will inform campers to take shelter which can include a vehicle. A tent is not a safe place.

“Being in a tent…not necessarily one of the best places to be because if you’re laying down in the middle of the night and a thunderstorm comes through, you could get a tremendous amount of water that could cause flash flooding for one and and two, if you’re laying down and some place close by gets struck by lightning, that could be a current that could actually go and get electrocuted,” KSN chief meteorologist Lisa Teachman said.

Teachman advises downloading the Storm Track 3 app, which will issue alerts to your phone when your area is affected by severe weather. This weekend, that could include 60mph winds or possible quarter-sized hail.

“Always remember if you can hear the thunder, you’re close enough to get struck by lightning,” Teachman said.

Storm Track 3 is free to download on Apple and Android devices.

Follow radar, forecasts and Lisa’s weather blog at https://www.ksn.com/weather.

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