By: Robb Lawson
Powerful supercell thunderstorms erupted along a cold front across Central Kansas during the early evening hours of Wednesday June 11th. These storms quickly became severe as they tracked east producing several tornadoes along with extremely large hail.Tornadoes with damage were first reported across the Northeast portion of Barton County, around 8 miles north-northwest of Claflin around 640 pm. Initial reports are that there was roof damage along with damage to rural homes and outbuildings. This same storm tracked through Ellsworth County causing damage to trees and power poles. Image 21 is a picture of a tornado over northwest Ellsworth County at around 7 pm. Image 1 is a radar image of this storm as it affected Northeast Barton County. Image 17 is a map showing tornado touchdowns across Barton County. A few hours later another intense thunderstorm developed and tracked through Saline County around 9:40 pm producing a tornado. This tornado moved east-northeast with a path length of about 14 miles and a maximum intensity of EF-3. Image 5 is a map showing the tornado track through Saline County. The tornado fist touched down just west of I-135 and just south of the Salina Airport. It then traveled along the southeast outskirts of Salina where it damaged several homes, outbuildings, trees and power lines. EF-3 damage was noted near the intersection of East Shilling Road and South Holmes Road. Image 6, Image 7, Image 8, Image 9, Image 10 and Image 11 are pictures of the tornado damage(including EF-3) along East Shilling Road. The tornado continued east of Salina with some EF-2 damage near East Crawford Street and South Whitmore Road. The tornado continued northeast before crossing into Dickinson County, just south of Solomon. Image 12, Image 13, Image 14, Image 15 and Image 16 are pictures of damage around 5 miles east of Salina. Fortunately there were no reports of injuries. Image 2 is a radar image of the storm that produced the tornado as it moved into the Salina area. Along with tornadoes, these powerful storms also produced extremely large hail, some to the size of softballs. Image 3, Image 18, Image 19 and Image 20 are pictures of extremely large hail that fell in Salina. Around 9 pm hail to the size of softballs killed several livestock in Ellsworth County. Image 4 is a map showing where severe weather occurred through this event.