Damaging storm moves through Fort Hays State campus

HAYS, Kan. (KWCH) Students prepared to move back on campus at Fort Hays State University were met with crews cleaning up storm damage.

Tuesday night’s storm took out a wall at the power plant on Fort Hays State University. Crews are cleaning up this morning. ~ @KWCHKristen Boxman.

Heavy rain and wind gusts reaching nearly 80 miles per hour moved through Hays Tuesday night damaging several buildings, including the north wall of the Akers Energy Center on campus.

"It was a bad storm last night," said Hays resident Keith Brungardt. "It did say that Hays got hit pretty good."

Crews worked Wednesday to clear limbs and leaves that litter the sidewalks. Fort Hays State Chief Communications Officer Scott Cason says the piles of debris will be gone by the time classes start on Monday.

"The students are going to see what makes us western Kansas people what we are, and definitely our facility's crew embodies that every day," he said.

The university will work Wednesday to determine if any other structures need repairs.

No injuries were reported.