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Hail, High Winds Pummel South-Central Kansas

Associated Press - July 24, 2013 10:14 am

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A storm carrying large hail and winds up to 80 mph damaged roofs, broke windows and downed trees in parts of south-central Kansas. No serious injuries were reported.

Reno County was hit hardest Tuesday evening, with serious damage reported in Pretty Prairie and Hutchinson. Pretty Prairie Fire Chief Rick Graber says the storm tore roofs off of buildings throughout the town. Officers blocked access to the town to allow property owners to begin making repairs.

In Hutchinson, hail 4 inches in diameter shattered skylights at a Wal-Mart, broke windows and damaged cars at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and tore down trees across the city.

Power lines were downed throughout the county. As of 6 a.m., Westar reported fewer than 500 customers were still without power.

This supercell from near Hutchinson, KS last night dropped up to Grapefruit sized hail and produced winds of 80 mph.

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