Fast-moving storm roars through region

5/9/2013

By RACHAEL GRAY

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

A storm that moved rapidly into the area Wednesday night hit hard and fast, downing power lines, branches and leaving some hail damage.

The brunt of the storm was over with before 7:30 p.m., according to Larry Ruthi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

"We haven't received any rainfall reports. Most callers were concerned with the dust and rain," Ruthi said.

Wind gusts exceeded 80 mph near Plymell. At Garden City Regional Airport, a gust of 64 mph wind was reported at 6:57 p.m. East of Modoc in Scott County, a gust of 74 mph was reported, Ruthi said.

On the Garden City Community College campus, a gust of 60 mph was reported.

The storm blew down branches with large diameters, according to Ruthi.

Wind speeds overturned a semi trailer on U.S. Highway 83 near Plymell.

At Mary Street and Farmland Road in Garden City, wind blew down power lines.

One-inch hail was reported a mile south of Garden City, and nickel-sized hail was reported southeast of Lakin.

At around 7:30, Ruthi said Garden City had seen most of the storm.

The storm stretched across the region, from the Colorado border down to the Oklahoma panhandle.

There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms forecast for today, with the best chance mainly after 7 a.m. The rest of the day is predicted to be mostly cloudy with a high near 66. North to northeast winds will be 7 to 12 mph, increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight's forecast is for a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms before 7 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 7 tonight and 2 a.m. Friday. Patchy fog may occur after 5 a.m., otherwise tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 47 with winds out of the north at around 10 mph, according to the NWS forecast.

The forecast Friday calls for patchy fog around 9 a.m., with partly sunny skies the rest of the day and a high near 65.

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