Damaging winds and large hail were reported with a late-night storm system Sunday, authorities said, but Wichita ducked the worst of it.
A wind of 63 miles an hour was reported at Mid-Continent Airport at 8:20 p.m., and there were reports of pea-sized hail in northwest Wichita. But that was about it for the city, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“We just missed it,” Smith said.
Hail as large as hen’s eggs fell in Lincolnville in Marion County, and golf ball-sized hail fell in Saffordville in Chase County, north of Benton in Butler County, northwest of Marion in Marion County and in Winfield in Cowley County. Nickel-sized hail fell in Park City.
Power poles were knocked down at K-196 just north of U.S. 254 west-northwest of El Dorado, sparking a grass fire shortly after 8:30 p.m., authorities reported. Winds of 70 miles an hour were reported in Chase and Butler counties Sunday night.
More strong winds are expected this afternoon, Smith said, with gusts topping 40 miles an hour. A red flag warning has been issued for 1 to 5 p.m. in 20 counties of central and southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.