Archive for Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Heavy rains hit central Kansas

June 12, 2002

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— Severe storms unleashed heavy rains and damaging winds across sections of central Kansas Tuesday night. The town of McPherson reported as much as 2 feet of standing water in spots, authorities said.

Funnel clouds were spotted in neighboring Ellsworth County, and some power outages were reported in Wilson and Kanopolis. It was not immediately clear whether any funnels touched ground.

Trained spotters reported that water was 1- to 2-feet deep in the streets of McPherson, the National Weather Service said. Residents were advised to move to higher ground.

Cindy Chambers, a dispatcher for the city of Salina and Saline County, said a silo collapsed in the southern part of the county. Officials did not immediately give a cause for the collapse, but the storm was known to produce strong, straight-line winds, officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

In Ellsworth County, spotters and law enforcement officials reported rotating clouds along Interstate 70 and near the town of Ellsworth. Golf-ball-size hail was reported in the county, Sheriff Tracy Ploutz said.

The storms produced scattered damage as they lumbered east across Kansas. Three-quarter-inch hail and downed trees were reported in Wabaunsee County.

A tornado watch was in effect for numerous Kansas counties through 11 p.m.

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