Severe Thunderstorm Winds Wreak Havoc in South Central Kansas (4/8/2008)

By: Jerilyn Billings & Robb Lawson

A severe thunderstorm bow echo brought severe winds to Harvey, Sedgwick, Butler and Greenwood counties.

During the evening of Monday April 7th, 2008 and the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 8th, thunderstorms developed and moved across much of Kansas, some of them becoming severe. A severe thunderstorm bow echo produced damaging straight line winds up to 90 - 100 MPH between midnight and 1am in Butler and Harvey counties. Image 1 and Image 2 are radar images of this small but powerful bow echo.

Straight line damaging winds followed the I-35 turnpike in a line from 5 north of El Dorado to 1 north of Cassoday. The winds blew tractor trailers off of the turnpike, some with injuries. The wind damage also included numerous downed power lines, damage to numerous outbuildings, and some homes and manufactured homes.

In addition a radar animation ( Image 3 ) shows how the event evolved and where the severe wind reports were located. Image 4 is a radar image taken just as the severe winds were occurring south of Burns in northern Butler County.

The following images are of damage across Northern Butler County.

Image 5, Image 6, Image 7, Image 8, Image 9, Image 10, Image 11, Image 12, Image 13, Image 14, Image 15.

The images below are from damage in northern Sedgwick County:

Image 16, Image 17, Image 18

The thunderstorms continued to move east during the early morning, however, they decreased in intensity and moved into Missouri.

Here is a list of the Local Storm Reports for the morning of April 8th.

1143 PM HAIL 3 S GOESSEL 38.20N 97.35W 04/07/2008 E0.50 INCH MARION KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1150 PM HAIL PARTRIDGE 37.97N 98.09W 04/07/2008 E0.75 INCH RENO KS EMERGENCY MNGR

PEA TO DIME SIZE HAIL COVERED GROUND.

1209 AM TSTM WND GST MOUNT HOPE 37.87N 97.66W 04/08/2008 M64.00 MPH SEDGWICK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1213 AM TSTM WND GST 3 W HALSTEAD 38.00N 97.56W 04/08/2008 M67.00 MPH HARVEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1227 AM HAIL MOUNT HOPE 37.87N 97.66W 04/08/2008 E0.88 INCH SEDGWICK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1235 AM TSTM WND GST NEWTON 38.04N 97.34W 04/08/2008 M71.00 MPH HARVEY KS AWOS

1235 AM TSTM WND GST 5 E NEWTON 38.04N 97.25W 04/08/2008 E60.00 MPH HARVEY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1235 AM TSTM WND GST 5 E NEWTON 38.04N 97.25W 04/08/2008 E60.00 MPH HARVEY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1246 AM HAIL 3 N MAIZE 37.82N 97.46W 04/08/2008 E1.00 INCH SEDGWICK KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0100 AM TSTM WND DMG 4 SE BURNS 38.05N 96.84W 04/08/2008 BUTLER KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

VERY LARGE HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES DOWN ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BURNS.

0115 AM TSTM WND DMG 8 N EL DORADO 37.94N 96.86W 04/08/2008 BUTLER KS EMERGENCY MNGR

SEVERAL HOMES WERE REPORTED DAMAGED BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF EL DORADO AND BURNS. EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IS UNKNOWN. SEVERAL SEMIS WERE REPORTED OVERTURNED IN NORTHERN BUTLER COUNTY ON THE KANSAS TURNPIKE NORTH OF EL DORADO.

0130 AM TSTM WND DMG 6 W THRALL 38.02N 96.43W 04/08/2008 GREENWOOD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED POWERLINE POLES TILTED OVER BY STRONG THUNDERSTORM WINDS.

0137 AM HAIL 3 W CHANUTE 37.67N 95.52W 04/08/2008 E0.75 INCH NEOSHO KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0147 AM TSTM WND GST ROSALIA 37.82N 96.62W 04/08/2008 M62.00 MPH BUTLER KS MESONET

GUST WAS MEASURED BY WEATHER LAB MESONET.

0208 AM HAIL 8 N ANTHONY 37.27N 98.03W 04/08/2008 E0.88 INCH HARPER KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.



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