Morning storms rip through parts of central, northern Kansas

Abilene Aiport by Bryan Swenson
Abilene Aiport by Bryan Swenson(KWCH)
Published: May. 4, 2020 at 3:06 PM CDT
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A powerful storm system featuring heavy rain, forceful winds and large hail left behind some extensive damage in parts of central and northern Kansas, mainly along and north of Interstate 70.

The storms hit early and moved quickly.

To the west, in Smith County, about two inches of rain fell in the Kensington area, accompanied by wind strong enough to damage some buildings and knock down power lines. To the east, downed power lines impacted Interstate 70 in Geary, Riley and Wabunsee counties.

In between, heavy hail fell on parts of Salina and in Abilene, which reported the heaviest of Monday-morning's storm damage. At the Abilene Municipal Airport Monday afternoon, crews worked to make repairs after powerful winds ripped through a hangar. Debris was scattered in a field across the road.

Abilene Public Works also worked to clear trees from roadways as electrical crews worked to repair downed power lines across town.

Abilene City Manager Janey Foltz says the storm also damaged multiple structures throughout Dickinson county.

"Downtown we have a number of businesses who lost picture windows. And in our neighborhoods,we had a number of large, mature trees pulled or toppled to the ground," she says.

Heading into Tuesday, cooler air will replace the next round of showers and storms along and southeast of the Kansas Turnpike.

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