Damaging Winds on April 15, 2011

An intense storm system that rapidly developed over Kansas on Thursday April 14th, 2011 was slowly moving across the state the following day.  On the back side of the storm, intense surface winds developed.  The highest gust recorded and relayed to the National Weather Service was 74 MPH on the north side of Dodge City.  The strongest wind reported at the airport in Dodge City as of 445 PM was 69 MPH.  There was quite a bit of damage across southwest Kansas with numerous reports of shingle damage, street signs, street lights, fences and large tree branches.  The most extreme damage was reported in Kinsley (Edwards Co) where high winds removed the roof of the former Ford dealership.  Pictures below were relayed by KSN in Wichita and provided by Darrel and Karen Miller.

Old Ford dealership in Kinsley

 

Old Dealership in Kinsley

Gilbert Valerio, the Assistant Finney County Emergency Manager provided the following picture of a trailer damaged in Garden City...

Trailer damage in Garden City

 

The following preliminary map shows some of the highest wind gusts reported (through 4 PM).  Based on damage, higher winds probably occurred but as of late Friday afternoon additional reports had not been received.

 preliminary peak high wind map

In the far southwest part of the area dust started to be lifted by the high winds by late morning.  The following satellite image (available from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards ) shows the dust across this region of southwest Kansas.  Also, there were big fires in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles at the same time and the smoke was clearly evident in the image (notice the red areas outlined).




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