May 30, 2012
Severe Thunderstorms moved across much of Kansas Wednesday, bringing with them large hail and damaging winds.
Storms with large hail moved in to the Wichita area after 5:00 p.m. Reports of golf ball sized hail were common in Sedgwick County. Larger hail has been reported in Ellis County.
There were isolated reports of broken windshields in West Wichita and broken skylights and roof damage in East Wichita.
As the second round of storms moved into Wichita, we received several reports of power lines and poles down and power outages from the Hutchinson area. Newton also endured some power outages during the storms. A section of 55th St. South in Wichita between Maize Rd and Tyler had numerous snapped power poles.
At 6:15 a.m., Westar Energy reported 1,667 customers without power in Sedgwick County, 148 customers were without electricity in Harvey County and 138 customers in Reno County remained in the dark. Several rural electric cooperatives across Kansas were also working to restore power.
Wichita area drivers are urged to avoid Hillside between 61st and 69th North due to downed power lines.
There are multiple reports of downed trees and tree limbs in Harvey County. Tree damage was also reported in Moundridge, Rose Hill, and Andover.
8" to 10" diameter trees, and 2-3" limbs down, numerous power flashes, and debris in the air being reported by trained spotters in Kinsley in Edwards county at 8:04pm.
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