Wild weather strikes KS

High winds, softball-size hail, leaves significant damage in NW Kansas city.

BY JIM SKILLINGTON | BALTIMORE | July 20, 2009



"All the windows are green tonight."

—Pastor Jane Rothman, Emmanuel Lutheran Church


A night of wild weather struck northwestern Kansas Monday, with high winds, softball-size hail and heavy rain.

According to Kelly James of the National Weather Service in Goodland, winds were clocked at 79 mph and 4-1/4-inch hail had been reported.

A police dispatcher at in Sherman County, KS, said the Goodland police and fire departments had responded to numerous reports of broken windows and tree damage. Police were checking for possible injuries in vehicles that were struck by falling branches and tractor trailers knocked over by the high winds along Interstate 70.

The Rev. Jane Rothman, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church said the storm knocked down small branches and shredded tree leaves in her neighborhood. "All the windows are green tonight," she said.

Officials from the National Weather Service said investigators would determine on Tuesday if the storms included any tornadoes.

Goodland is located along I-70, 17-miles east of Colorado and has a population of approximately 5,000. It is the county seat of Sherman County, known as the largest producer of commercial sunflowers on the High Plains.


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