A line of thunderstorms packing winds as high as a minimal category one hurricane moved through Salina early Monday morning. A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded at the Salina Regional Airport at 1:32a.m. Tree and powerline damage was widespread through the city.
Thunderstorm winds toppled a large tree on a unoccupied house in the 400 block of East Cloud. A neighbor who lives next door, Donna Brehmn told the Salina Post she did not hear the tree fall. When the power went off, she stepped outside to see the Salina Fire Department on the scene and learned the tree had severely damaged the house that she said has been unoccupied for the last six months.
At one time early Monday morning close to 1,000 customers of Westar Energy were without power. The storm also interrupted Cox Communication cable and internet Service. In addition to the damaging winds, the storm dropped 1 inch of rain in Salina along with some small hail.
While the weather should be calm and storm free Monday, Weather forecasters are warning for more severe storms especially in central and eastern Kansas Tuesday afternoon and evening
Video of large tree falling on house in 400 block of East Cloud early Monday morning.
Video from Randy Picking and Salina Post