Folks in Abilene glad damage wasn't worse

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Abilene, Kan. -- Storm damage is still being assessed and cleaned up in central Kansas.

Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith describes the hail from Wednesday evening's storm as ranging in sizes from golf balls to baseballs.

Smith says he was measuring the wind speed by holding an anemometer out his car window when a hail stone struck and shattered it. The winds were measured at 58 mph before it broke.

A couple of buildings at The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Boyhood Home grounds were damaged. Executive Director Karl Wiessenbach says it could have been much worse.

"It could have been worse" was the assessment of others in Abilene who remember how bad the hail storm in June, 2011 was.

But there were still several downtown buildings with glass damage to be repaired as well as many vehicles with hail damage.

Joan and Eldon Sims manage the Vita Villa Health store in Abilene. Joan was inside when she says hail the size of softballs slammed the side of the building breaking glass and knocking stones off the building.


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