Hail shatters windows and windshields in Wichita

Emily Provencher, Willowbend Hail

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WICHITA, Kansas – The severe storm that prompted a tornado warning left a trail of damage as it moved across Wichita to the northeast side.

People living on the upper floors at the Remington Apartments on East 37th Street North experienced windows broken by hail.

After the storm passed, many were out checking on the damage, and each other.

“It was kinda different. I had numerous messages, and I was like everything is fine,” says Nathan Gruesbeck.

He’s from Indiana, and while this was his first Kansas storm, he’s no stranger to spring weather.

None of his windows were broken out, but he knows others weren’t so lucky.

“We had a plan in place, said Gruesbeck. “We have two cats. We were ready to get them to the bathroom on the lowest level, just in case something were to happen.”

Near 29th and Woodlawn, the siding of homes now looks like swiss cheese.

Some windows were broken out, and side mirrors of cars smashed by golf-ball sized hail.

It happened, as residents huddled inside waiting to see what Mother Nature would do.

“I had just gotten off work, all sitting inside as it gradually crept through,” said Gruesbeck. “It sounded like a bunch of golf balls all hitting our windows at once, and it was just a bunch of hail damage to the car.”

People living at the Remington Apartments say surveyors were already out, assessing the damage and making sure it’s all accounted for.







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