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