Some schools, businesses and residential neighborhoods were assessing damage on Friday night, after a thunderstorm brought heavy rain, hail and strong wind gusts to Garden City.
According to Laren Reynolds, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, wind gusts reached 60 mph in Garden City, resulting in reports of trees and power lines down, broken tree branches, bent flag poles, as well as damaged garages and roofs.
“Part of the roof of Georgia Matthews Elementary School appeared off and possibly two of the air conditioning units were blown off the roof,” Reynolds said.
Roy Cessna, public information coordinator for Garden City USD 457, said the damage was to the northwest corner of the elementary school.
“The protective coating of the roof was pulled off by the storm. The portion that was pulled up also took one of the HVAC units off of the roof and it was also damaged,” he said. “The roof was temporarily repaired on Saturday morning. The maintenance crew will need to install a new HVAC unit and complete the repairs to the roof at a later date.”
Cessna said the damage didn't disrupt classes at the school on Monday.
“The district is still assessing the amounts on the damage done by the storm,” he said.
Edith Scheuerman Elementary School also had a siding panel on its building damaged by the storm, but it, too, was temporarily repaired, Cessna said.
The Corner on Main, 324 N. Main St., posted on its Facebook page that its storefront window was broken out in the storm. The store closed early that day because of the impending storm, so no one was injured, according to the post.
Reynolds said 1.75-inch hail — about golf-ball sized — was the largest reported in and around Garden City.
“That doesn’t mean there wasn’t larger hail, that’s just what was reported to us,” she said, adding that there was .35 inches of rain reported in Garden City.
Reynolds said the the Hodgeman County area took the biggest hit from the storm, where hail 3 inches in diameter was reported in Hanston.
Lane County received half-inch hail, while Gray County had one-inch hail and 60 mph wind, according to Reynolds.
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