Severe weather rolls through parts of Kansas for second day straight

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After severe weather stormed through parts of the state Tuesday, several counties in Kansas are seeing a return of the weather Wednesday.

KSN had crews in key locations around the state covering the weather as severe storms work across Kansas. 

In southern Reno County a line of storms rolled in from southwest Kansas all throughout the afternoon. 

It has been very warm, humid and windy, but the rush of rain-cooled air pushing out from the thunderstorms. 

Power poles and building damage have been reported down in Pratt County. In Iuka, roofs have blown off of two buildings and four power poles are down about four miles north of Pratt on Highway 281. One-inch sized hail has also been reported in Iuka. 

A lot of the damage has been to sheds, or tin structures. One Iuka resident found all types of debris in his yard. He says he was on his way home and when he got home the storm really kicked in. 

“First thing we noticed was the hail came down. The hail was coming down hard,” said Larry Eisenhauer. “And then the winds started hitting, the rain was coming sideways and it hit hard, it got dark. Like it was 10 o’clock at night dark for about twenty minutes.”

The Great Bend area got a lot of rain with this storm system, and it is causing flooding concerns. Parts of Great Bend have seen some localized, heavy flooding. 

The rains rolled into Barton County packing heavy rains and sustained winds over 20 miles an hour, including some pea-sized hail south of Great Bend. 

The Barton County Sheriff is urging people to watch for flooding and stick to the main roads. 

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain in a short period of time so watch for high water particularly where there may be low water crossings,” said Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir. “Water will be coming across the roads where you don’t normally see it.”

Three-inch diameter tree limbs were reported snapped from trees in Barton County, but the sheriff said so far there have not been any reports of damages so he feels they got lucky on this storm. 

With the severe weather hitting multiple parts of the state, KSN wants to see what you are seeing. Send and share your photos with us at reportit@ksn.com.

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