Archive for Monday, May 13, 2002

Storms bring hail and cyclones to central counties

May 13, 2002


— Tornadoes and hail moved mainly across open fields in parts of central Kansas Saturday night, but the only reports of damage were downed telephone lines in Edwards County.

There were no injuries reported.

The severe weather developed along a cold front draped across the state. The storms were headed east from the southwest part of the state, said Steve Kays, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

Seth Spooner, assistant police chief of Kinsley, in Edwards County, said that about a half mile of telephone lines was down in the northwest corner of the county. A tornado also touched down in a field less than two miles outside of Kinsley, and quarter- and golf-ball size hail was reported.

Spotters in Pratt County reported that tornadoes touched down in open fields, but no damage was reported with the storm that also brought nickel-size hail, strong winds and rain, a dispatcher with the county's Law Enforcement Center said.

Rotating clouds and hail also were reported in Stafford County, while a tornado was spotted in the southern part of Saline County, dispatchers in the counties said.

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