By: Phil Hysell and Jim Caruso
Several weak tornadoes, along with large hail, damaging winds and flooding rains pounded South Central Kansas.
The first report of severe weather occurred when quarter size hail fell 2 miles south of Penalosa in Kingman county shortly after 5 PM CDT. The storms continued to intensify and by 619 PM CDT, a weak tornado briefly touched down in Crystal Springs (see image 1) in Harper County. The National Weather Service office in Wichita issued a tornado warning 20 minutes prior to this touchdown.Other brief tornado touchdowns occurred in Sumner County (image 2 and image 3) and Harvey County (image 4). These tornadoes also had advanced warning from the National Weather Service. All the tornadoes were rated F0 ( 40 - 72 MPH ) and caused little property damage. The exception was in Harvey County, where a tornado tracked from three miles northeast to four and one-half miles northeast of the town of Sedgwick. Here, two barns were destroyed and the siding of a house was taken off. Powerful straight-line winds up to 90 MPH swept five to seven miles northwest of El Dorado. Torrential rains also soaked Sumner County, as several roads were impassable near Corbin and Geuda Springs. This was just one of several severe weather events that struck Central and Southeast Kansas in the past week. In fact, from June 1st through June 5th, nearly 120 reports of severe weather have been received at the National Weather Service in Wichita.