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HUTCHINSON, Kan.--Kansas' 124 confirmed tornadoes in 2015 were 83 more than the previous year, tying for the fourth highest number since 1990, according to the National Weather Service's preliminary data.

Eric Metzger, a meteorologist for the weather service's office in Wichita, says moisture from a strong El Nino was a possible factor in 2015's higher number of tornadoes because it influences climate systems to produce more tornadoes, The Hutchinson News reported. Kansas typically has between 70 and 110 tornadoes every year.

Updated 9:00am

Heavy rainfall is flooding in parts of downtown Wichita Thursday morning, as well as part of Valley Center.

The National Weather Service reports that excessive runoff from rainfall will cause flooding in small creeks, streams, and low-lying streets and underpasses. Drive carefully and watch for flooded roadways.

Weekend Tornado In Western Kansas Was An EF4

May 23, 2013

The National Weather Service says a tornado that traveled seven miles across rural western Kansas during the weekend was an EF4, with winds of 165 to 185 miles per hour.

The report from the agency's Dodge City office follows a survey of the tornado's path Saturday night in Pawnee County.

An EF4 is the second-strongest on the scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes.

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As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Kansas, the National Weather Service is offering a storm spotter training class Tuesday night in Wichita.

Spring is the most active tornado season in Kansas.