Storms hit central Kansas with hail, winds

Tree damage (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Storms moved across Kansas from Colorado overnight.  The storms packed high winds, heavy rain and large hail.

In Wichita, hail up to marble size fell just around 6 a.m. and localized street flooding was reported.

Rainfall amounts varied from more than 1 inch in northeast Wichita, to more than 2 inches in McPherson.

Police in McPherson County reported water covering Main Street and hail measuring more than 3 inches in diameter.

In Marquette, power lines were down, and a tin shed was blown apart and wrapped around a power pole according to KSAL.

Officials in Lindsborg says the high school roof sustained damage and windows were knocked out in the grade school.

In Saline County, there were reports of a couple of power poles down south of the Salina Regional Airport.

Further west in Hays, wind of 70 mph blew over trees and stoplights. Heavy rain also fell northwest of Hays were 4 inches was reported.

The National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for Greeley County in western Kansas, but the warning has since expired and no damage was reported.

The storms started in eastern Colorado downed power lines, trees and destroyed a barn in the Lincoln County town of Hugo.

The Lincoln County sheriffs says there were numerous trees and branches and knocked down power lines, although power is working to most homes.

He says a semi-truck overturned in a likely weather-related accident and left two people with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, hail broke some winds in the town of Genoa.

The National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for parts of the eastern Colorado counties of Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kit Carson, but all the warnings had expired by midnight.


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