Storms hit central Kansas with hail, winds

Galva Wind Storm Damage

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thunderstorms pounded sections of central Kansas with baseball-size hail, high winds and heavy rains.

The National Weather Service says winds estimated up to 80 mph swept through the area early Thursday, and that rainfall amounts varied from more than 1 inch in northeast Wichita, to more than 2 inches in McPherson.

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.

The heavy storms also snapped tree limbs and downed power lines. More than 1,000 Westar customers were without electricity in Saline County early Thursday, and nearly that many were also without power in Sedgwick County.

Chancy Smith, director of Dickinson County Emergency Management, said there were also sporadic outages in Abilene, Hope and Herington.

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