WICHITA, Kan. — A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across Kansas before dawn Thursday, leaving its mark in several locations.
As the storm moved through Sedgwick County, there were reports of ping pong and baseball-size hail in parts of Wichita and surrounding areas. Several intersections also had flooding, including Harry and Seneca.
In Marion County, an emergency manager reports an oil reservoir was struck by lightning near Peabody and caught fire. It was still burning late Wednesday morning.
In other parts of Marion County, there were multiple reports of damage from estimated 80 mile per hour straight-line winds. There was residential and business damage, as well as water damage in basements. Around Durham, Tampa and Lost Springs, there were numerous reports of power poles down along with a five-foot diameter tree. Sheds and barns also sustained damage. Street flooding and power outages were also reported.
In the Hays area, several traffic lights and utility poles were reportedly blown down as the storm line moved through. Several large trees fell elsewhere in Ellis County, while one observer reported 4.52 inches of rain in a three-hour span.
Ellsworth had wind gusts estimated between 80 to 90 miles per hour.
Saline County Emergency Management noticed power lines down at the south end of the main airport. More than 1,000 Westar customers were without electricity in Saline County early Thursday.
Chancy Smith, director of Dickinson County Emergency Management, said there were sporadic outages in Abilene, Hope and Herington.
Hail measuring more than 3 inches in diameter was reported in McPherson, and hail about 2.75 inches in diameter was reported south of Galva.
In Lindsborg, state troopers say the entire town lost power. There was also tree damage reported there.
Rainfall amounts varied from more than 1 inch in northeast Wichita, to more than 2 inches in McPherson.
The storm line formed in eastern Colorado, and produced several tornadoes there. One was spotted during the midnight hour four miles south of Cheyenne Wells.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Submitted photo of damage near Elm and Old Manor in east Wichita
Submitted by Scott Brown in Pfeifer, Kansas