Thousands left in dark, damage after Kansas storms

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People are cleaning up after storms sweep across Kansas this weekend.


In Sumner County, residents recovered after a heat burst early Sunday morning. In the event, temperature rose in the low 90’s as strong 60-mile-per-hour winds gusted. Power was knocked out around 2 a.m., and restored not long after.

Some homes north of downtown Wellington saw large trees uprooted.

Norma Taylor, of Wellington, said a tree toppled on her son’s car, breaking windows and leaving damage behind. Ramona Gifford, who lives south of Belle Plaine, said she had horrible winds for about two hours, with roof and tree damage.


Thousands of people are left without power due to the storms early Sunday morning. As of 7:20 a.m., Westar Energy reports outages across the eastern part of the state, leaving nearly 4,500 in the dark. Those numbers improved by 7:30 a.m., with about 2,500 customers without power.

A heat burst was reported around 6 a.m. in Concordia, Kan, with temperature reported in the upper 80’s.

Multiple communities reported significant rainfall, trees and power lines down, including, but not limited to Butler, Harvey, McPherson and Sedgwick counties.

In Harvey County, crews responded to a train derailment on Highway 50 southwest of Walton. Two trains derailed, with 140 cars on the train. Emergency dispatchers said cleanup is expected to take several hours.