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Aug 2, 1954
Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size for thirty minutes in north central
Kansas. One drift measured 200 feet long, seventy feet wide and three feet
IN 1996...Powerful thunderstorms moved across southwest and south central Kansas
during the evening hours. In Pratt county 8 train cars were blown off the tracks
while the train was moving. This occurred 1 mile west of Cullison. One family was
nearly run over by the derailing train cars. One boxcar ended up about 10 feet
away from their vehicle. Winds were nearly 125 mph. From 3 miles south of Lewis
to Belpre, very strong thunderstorm winds killed calves, blew cars off the highway
and blew down 60 power poles. A large tree was uprooted in Belpre. The tree was
Belpre's historic balsam fir tree, a landmark in the town for 108 years. It also
was the first balsam fir tree planted in Kansas. The tree was planted by a local
blacksmith in 1888 after a trip back from Colorado. In Larned, very strong
thunderstorm winds blew down trees, damaged several buildings and power lines were
blown down. A Midas car care garage door was blown off. One person was injured
when a semi truck was blown over on highway 156 just outside of town. There were
unofficial and unconfirmed reports of 125 mph winds recorded on home stations.
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