Deadly High Winds Strike Western Kansas
(story and images by WCM Jeff Hutton)
During the late afternoon hours on Monday, August 20th, intense thunderstorms produced widespread high winds across parts of Scott, Lane, Finney and Haskell counties. Sadly, one of the storms produced a downburst that generated wind speeds of about 85 mph that destroyed a mobile home killing a 93 year old woman in Garden City.
Radar image showing the storm over Holcomb at about 610 PM
The same downburst caused other damage nearby, destroying an adjacent mobile home that was unoccupied at the time.
Other downbursts from the severe thunderstorms produced widespread damage in western Garden City and also in Holcomb. Considerable damage was done to the Holcomb high school, especially to the auditorium and gymnasium roof. Damage may have been as high as one million dollars there. Wind speeds in this area were estimated to be 90 to100 mph.
The same storm produced torrential rainfall and large hail. Corn in the area was stripped up.
As the storm complex rolled on south it produced considerable damage along its path, taking out many sprinkler irrigation pivots, power poles, trees and quite a bit of damage to the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. plant south of Holcomb. Damage may have been close to a million dollars there too. Other pivot sprinklers and damage to some mobile homes occurred on into Haskell county.Return to News Archive