Severe Weather Pounds Part Of Kansas
Todd Pittenger - April 3, 2015 6:46 am
A mobile home destroyed in Douglass. Photo courtesy of Butler County Emergency Management.
Damaging severe weather rolled through parts of Kansas late Thursday night into early Friday. Severe thunderstorms dropped large hail, produced damaging wind, and dropped at least one tornado.
The National Weather Service reported widespread damage.
Hail up to the size of tennis balls fell in some areas. Wind as strong as 89 miles per hour was reported in the Wichita area, and 90 miles per hour in Montgomery County.
There were numerous reports of structure damage.
Several mobile homes were destroyed, including one near El Dorado where injuries were reported.
Heavy damage to a boat and camper storage building was reported in Kingman County.
In Wilson County, half of the roof of a barn blew off.
Several schools in the Wichita area cancelled classes, citing power outages and debris in the roads. Significant damage was reported at Wichita’s Jabara Airport, with at least one hangar destroyed.
Two semis were reported blown off the road near Newton, and damage was reported to the Newton city library.
There were reports of damage to multiple windows, vehicles, and roofs.
Trees and power poles were blown over, prompting some sporadic power outages.
Though wind and hail caused most of the problems, there was at least one tornado that touched down. A tornado was spotted near Parsons in Labette County.