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UPDATE: Wind, Not Tornado Caused Salina Damage

KSAL Staff - May 19, 2017 3:30 pm

Damage on Crest Road.

Authorities have concluded that it was probably strong, straight line wind that caused damage in and around Salina Thursday evening and not a tornado.

First responders in Saline County spent much of Thursday night assessing damage following severe weather that rolled through the area. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan says that though there was damage to multiple homes, there were no injuries.

The only injury reported Thursday night was the driver of a tractor trailer who was hurt when he crashed as the storms were rolling through. He was headed south on Interstate 135 just south of the Schilling Road exit when he  hydroplaned, struck a guard rail, jack-knifed, and came to rest in the road.

According to the National Weather Service in Wichita, they coordinated with Saline County Emergency Management and the damage appears to be from high-end straight line wind of 80 – 90 mph.

Sheriff Office Damage Assessment:

Residential Damage

  • 3613 S Lightville Rd
    • Shingles and minor roof damage, residents were ok
  • 3419 S Crest Ln
    • Tree fell on side of house, residents reported tree in bathroom, but were ok
  • 2841 S Burma Rd (Salina Speedway)
    • Press box roof caved in, concession bathrooms destroyed, ticket both roof destroyed, bleachers blown through protective fence onto racetrack. Nobody was on scene during incident.
  • 2552 W Cottonwood Ln
    • Siding and insulation blown off down to the studs, residents were ok.
  • 1245 N Fairchilds Rd
    • Tree through roof of house, residents were ok.

Power Lines

  • 824 E Shipton Rd – Tree smoking
  • 800 N Fairchilds – 2 poles snapped at base leaning over roadway
  • Halstead/Crawford – power lines arching
  • Halstead/K140 Hwy – Transformers blown off power pole/power lines down
  • 1500 S Burma Rd – Power pole snapped near base
  • Ohio/Waterwell – Power line down
  • 2161 W Watkins Rd – 3 power poles on ground in field
  • Waterwell/Hedville 6-7 power poles down across the roadway
  • 5000 W Cloud St – broken power line

Trees down in roadway          

  • Halstead/Crawford
  • Lightville/Schilling
  • Waterwell/Lightville

Signs missing

  • MP 95A sign damaged
  •  Burma/K140 Hwy 2 of 3 signs missing
  •  K140/State Railroad sign broken


Dan Leidal

May 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm

There are signs on Us-81 and I-135 southbound that were twisted, this kind of damage is from tornadoes, not straight line winds… Large breakaway freeway signs tend to break away in high straight line winds… A tornado will twist the I-beams real fast, often leaving the break away bolts intact… A huge billboard on a large steel pole was twisted and is facing another direction… The southbound Us-81 to I-70 ramp recommended speed sign was uprooted towards the west, into the wind… I expect five small tornadoes crossed the freeway between a half mile north of I-70 to the Smolan exit… I expect these tornadoes were small and fairly weak as nearby signs were left intact… In this case, I have to disagree with the officials… I am aware that there were high straight line winds in the area as well…

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