Storms roll through parts of Kansas’ eastern half, including Wichita area

Strong winds in northeast Wichita June 21 damaged a Midas automotive service center store near...
Strong winds in northeast Wichita June 21 damaged a Midas automotive service center store near K-96 and Rock Road.(KWCH)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 8:55 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Storms rolled through several parts of Kansas’ eastern half Tuesday, knocking out power and causing minor damage in some areas. While a storm that hit the Wichita area was brief and mainly included a strong rain, powerful winds did leave some damage. At the Midas automotive service center near K-96 and Rock Road in northeast Wichita, localized winds were powerful enough to knock off a portion of the business’s roof.

Storms also knocked out power to more than 4,500 Evergy customers. As of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, the utility reported 4,564 customers in the dark, primarily east of Wichita in Butler County. In central Kansas, the evening’s lone tornado warning was for a storm with rotation spotted south of Ellsworth, in Ellsworth County. Storm Team 12 did not confirm a tornado with that storm.

Approaching 9 p.m. Tuesday, severe thunderstorm warnings for Butler, Greenwood, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee counties included threats of potentially-damaging winds and hail. Much of the eastern half of Kansas remained in a severe thunderstorm watch. Overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, there are threats of flooding in parts of Sedgwick County Butler counties. The threat mostly subsided by about 10 p.m.

As of 10:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm watch continued for Butler, Chase, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion and Sedgwick counties. The watch, in effect until midnight, included the cities of Andover, Augusta, Cottonwood Falls, Derby, El Dorado, Eureka, Haysville, Madison, Marion, Newton, Park City, Peabody, Rose Hill, Strong City, Valley Center, and Wichita.

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