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UPDATE: Severe storms cause significant damage, derail train

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Galva, Kan. -- A severe storm packing estimated winds of 80-90 mph left behind significant damage in McPherson and Dickinson County Wednesday night.

In Galva, homes were pelted by hail and roofs pulled off of at least two homes. One storage building that housed eleven recreational vehicles was destroyed.

A Union Pacific train derailed, with 33 cars knocked off of the track. Two people were on board but no one was hurt. Many of the cars remained in a field Thursday morning.

The train was on its way from Los Angeles to Chicago. Workers have to replace 800 feet of track before the line reopens. The track should reopen early Thursday evening.

The cars that derailed carried consumer goods, including electronics and clothing.

Westar Energy reported 12 poles in that area were damaged, knocking out power to about 650 people.

In Dickinson County, there are reports of powerlines and trees down in the town of Carlton. Dickinson County Emergency Management reports significant damage in Abilene with trees, homes and vehicles damaged by the high winds and hail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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