Lightning over Garden City skies Saturday night


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

Saturday night's thunderstorm caused the postponement of the Silver Screen Saturday Night movie "Secondhand Lions," but didn't drop much rain here, according to the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

The movie will be shown toward the end of the summer series, according to a representative with the Garden City Recreation Center, who said then the National Weather Service was warning of 60 mph gusts of wind.

Garden City reported .19 of an inch of rain from Saturday's storm.

Rainfall totals for the area were light in the west with most reports less than a tenth of an inch. The highest amounts of precipitation fell in Haskell and Gray counties, with reports of .72 of an inch at Sublette and an inch to two inches in Gray County.

The NWS received several reports of 60 to 65 miles per hour wind gusts in Hamilton, Kearny, Stanton and Grant counties but no major damage, as well as an 80-mile-per-hour wind gust recorded just before 10:30 p.m. in Healy and Dighton.

There were reports of pea to quarter-sized hail south of Deerfield in Kearny County and in Dighton, but no reports of major damage.

Gray County dispatch reported no storm damage when contacted, but the National Weather Service listed reports of pea-size hail near Ingalls up to golf ball-size hail near Howell in eastern Gray County. and reports of wind gusts that blew over playground equipment, a small metal horse barn, and knocked a large 12.5 inch tree branch onto a car in Cimarron.

The storm made its way to the Hutchinson area between 1 and 4 a.m. Sunday, and brought more rain with it, dumping 1.17 inches, The Hutchinson News reported. A flood watch was in effect for northern Reno County until Monday.

Wind gusting from 60 to 70 miles per hour were reported in several Reno County communities, including Sylvia, haven and Nickerson.

In Rice County, .58 inches of rain were recorded in Sterling and there were some reports of low-land flooding.

In the southwest, Dodge City reported 1.58 inches of rain, Greensburg 1.55, Liberal .39 inches and Jetmore .27.

On the border at Kanorado, grain bins were leveled by high winds, and there was golf-ball size and larger hail, and a semi-truck stopped on the inside shoulder of westbound I-70 was blown over by high winds at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, according to area weather reports.

A tornado was spotted in Rooks County for three or four minutes Saturday afternoon.

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