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AREA STORM DUMPS HAIL

June 19, 1998

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Hail the size of golf balls fell in parts of Leavenworth County on Thursday, but no major damage was reported.

Golfball-sized hail damaged cars in southern Leavenworth County, as a line of storms associated with a cool front rumbled through the area.

``It really wasn't too much in the way of wind, but a lot of rain and hail,'' said Tonganoxie City Administrator Chris Eppley.

He said golfball-sized hail fell in the area about 20 minutes. No injuries were reported, he said.

``I don't think we had limbs down or anything like that,'' Eppley said. ``I think it was mainly car damage.''

There were reports of a few telephone poles down near Basehor, but no other reports of storm damage, said Dan Flanders, office assistant with the Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

The storms moved through the area about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

``It was just heavy rain and hail and it moved through pretty fast,'' said Mike Akulow, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

No damage was reported in Jefferson or Franklin counties, sheriff's dispatchers said.

In Lawrence, there were no reports of hail, although part of Douglas County was put under a severe thunderstorm warning.

Akulow said the storms weren't nearly as severe as they could have been.

``They'll probably be a lot worse in areas east of here,'' he said.

The storms helped push the monthly precipitation total above normal, but the area is still below normal for the year.

In Topeka, the monthly total is 3.75 inches. The normal for this time of year is 3.3 inches, Akulow said.

As of Thursday, 12.43 inches have fallen for the year, about three inches below the normal of 15.25 inches, he said.

The front that passed through the area Thursday wasn't expected to bring much cooler temperatures.

Highs around 90 were expected today and 95 on Saturday.

Highs, Sunday, the first day of summer, were expected to be in the upper-80s to around 90, Akulow said.

``The first day of summer is going to start on a hot note,'' he said.

There is a chance for more rain Saturday night and Sunday, he said.

-- Mike Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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