Archive for Monday, May 28, 2001

Western and central Kansas hit by widespread hail, tornadoes

May 28, 2001


Strong thunderstorms that moved through western and central Kansas Sunday afternoon and evening produced at least six tornadoes, the National Weather Service said.

A grain elevator in Kearny County was badly damaged, and there was widespread hail in a number of counties, some of it described as large as tennis balls, eggs and golf balls. Hail was reported covering the ground in Kingman County and at Winfield in Cowley County.

No injuries had been reported.

Three silos at the Lydia cooperative grain elevator in extreme northern Kearny County were damaged extensively, said Sheriff D. Wayne Collins of neighboring Wichita County.

In Wichita County, authorities said a tornado touched down 8 miles west of Leoti and another 8 miles to the south, with no damage reported, although some power lines went down.

Officials in Wallace and Logan Counties also reported tornadoes on the ground, with 70 miles per hour winds in Wallace County. In Wallace County, a tornado was reported 16 miles east of Sharon Springs, and in Logan County one was reported 10 miles northwest of Winona, but there were no reports of damage.

The Dodge City Police Department had an unconfirmed report of a tornado touching down, and a spotter in Kingman County saw funnel clouds.

Heavy rain accompanied some of the storms, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning, later canceled as the rains diminished, for Gray, Hodgeman, Ford and Finney Counties. It said, however, that minor flooding could continue.

Thunderstorms remained in the forecast for most of Kansas on Memorial Day, continuing into the evening and persisting on Tuesday and Tuesday night, the weather service said.

The storms could continue statewide on Wednesday and linger in the northeast on Thursday.

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