Storms hit central Kansas Saturday, cause damage

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Storms caused damage in parts of central Kansas Saturday. A severe weather threat will linger into the overnight hours through central Kansas and the Wichita metro.

There are reports of damage in Barber, Cowley, Reno and Kingman counties.

Kiowa has suffered extensive damage from the Saturday night storms. Currently 685 homes and 95 businesses are without power in Kiowa. According to Barber County EMS, multiple homes are damaged and some are uninhabitable. Over 30 private buildings and 12 government buildings are also damaged. Several power poles have snapped.

All of Hazelton is without power.

A train blew off of the tracks in Barber County. That area has been cleared since.

High winds blew a semi truck over in Hutchinson around 6:40 p.m. Saturday. The incident happened near Airport Rd. (S Yoder Road) and Avenue G.

According to Cowley County Emergency Management, a utility pole is down six miles west and two miles south of Atlanta in Cowley County. Several grass fires were also sparked by weather and over 2,000 people are without power in Arkansas City. The department said 23 power poles snapped northwest of Arkansas City as well.

According to Kingman County dispatchers, a pole snapped near Highway 54 and Highway 11.

Stay with KSN for updates as storms continue to hit the state.

This story is still developing. KSN will have more details about the damages done from the Saturday night storms in the 5:00 p.m. newscast.

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