Archive for Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Storms sweep across Kansas

August 8, 2000


Thunderstorms on Monday rolled across Kansas, spawning high winds and raking some areas with hail more than 1 inch in diameter.

In north-central Kansas, the Clay County Sheriff's Department reported that hail broke the windshield on the sheriff's car about 5 p.m.

A short time later, weather spotters in Clay County reported a wall cloud, prompting a tornado warning for Riley County, but authorities said no tornado developed and there was no significant damage in Riley County.

Residents of other northeastern Kansas counties were facing repairs to outbuildings and equipment as the storm pushed across the region, tearing limbs from trees and causing scattered power outages.

The storms originated late Sunday night in southwest Kansas, where the National Weather Service reported 70 mph winds near Richfield. Those winds tore down tree limbs up to 3 inches in diameter.

After dwindling early Monday morning, the storms regained strength in east-central Kansas.

In the Emporia area later in the morning, the weather service reported winds gusting to 62 mph and 1ch hail. The storm downed power lines in Emporia and damaged trees in Cassoday and Piedmont.

In the Kansas City area, there were unconfirmed reports of winds gusting to 80 mph.

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