WICHITA, Kan. - The forecast had a "slim chance" of storms in the Wichita area Wednesday night. Yet a severe thunderstorm developed, leaving damage in several counties.
Thousands of people in Sedgwick and Butler Counties lost power for a time, but no injuries were reported.
The scariest damage report of the night came from a KAKE viewer, who called our newsroom to report seeing an "E-F-1" tornado outside her home on W. 119th Street near the town of Sedgwick. She said a window was broken, and other parts of the property were damaged. The National Weather Service will have to confirm at claim.
Emergency workers say one tree fell on a house, in the area of Pawnee and Hillside. But most of the worst damage reports occurred east of metro Wichita.
High winds knocked over several trees in Butler County. A 17-inch diameter tree was broken at its base by the storm in Douglass. Several limbs covered roads in Benton. And a storm chaser said limbs and power lines fell in Augusta as well.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport received about one inch of the rain from the storm. The totals were higher in northeast Kansas, with about three inches falling on Nortonville.