Storm tips train, knocks out power in McPherson County

May 9, 2014 by  
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Lightning

Lightning

Lightning glows before the storm Wednesday night.

Derailed train

Derailed train

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner posted this photo to his Twitter account showing the derailed train near Galva.

Broken poles

Broken poles

Westar Energy identified 12 poles, including this one, that would need to be replaced after a storm that tore through McPherson County left 640 without power.

Haven hail

Haven hail

Large hail fell Wednesday near Haven.

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

Storm clouds just outside of Nickerson.



Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:07 pm

Storm tips train, knocks out power in McPherson County

By Kristen Roderick
The Hutchinson News
kroderick@hutchnews.com.

Hutchnews.com

A widespread thunderstorm Wednesday in McPherson County derailed a train, ripped the roof off of a barn and left hundreds without power.


Damage in the county was so prevalent that dispatchers urged anyone affected to call. Dispatchers were making a list to help emergency management follow up on the storm.

In western Kansas, thunderstorms toppled a building and knocked over a tractor-trailer about 5:45 p.m. in Meade County, where wind gusts reached up to 87 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

Strong winds toppled 33 cars of a train near Galva. Two people were on board, but no one was injured. Emergency units were on scene right after the storm, which happened before 2 p.m. That included Kansas Highway Patrol troopers.

Wind gusts reached up to 80 mph near Moundridge, according to the weather service. A roof of a barn near 17th and Apache Road in McPherson County, west of Moundridge, was damaged.

About 9 p.m., more than two hours after the storm, Westar Energy reported that McPherson County had nearly 640 customers still without power, including much of Galva. Westar identified 12 power poles in McPherson County that needed to be replaced.

A section of a roof was ripped off a home in Canton near U.S. 56 and a storage unit in Galva was damaged.

The storm also produced up to golf ball-sized hail.

Anyone in McPherson County that has damage to property is urged to report it by calling emergency management at (620) 245-1260 or dispatch at (620) 245-1268.

There is another chance of thunderstorms across the state today and tonight.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:07 pm.

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