Severe storms bring hail damage, power outages

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Severe storms that moved across northeast Kansas Thursday evening brought heavy rain, high winds and hail to the area.

The winds brought down power lines in some areas. FreeState Electric reported more than 1,000 customers without power. They said most of the city of Auburn was in the dark. They also had a concentration of outages in the Pomona Lake, Carbondale and Overbrook areas.

Westar Energy reported more than 570 customers affected by outages in the Salina area. They said restoration may not be complete there until Friday morning due to several power poles down. Westar also had more than 430 customers without power in Valley Falls in Jefferson Co. Most of those were back on by 10 pm Thursday.

People in the Valley Falls area also reported hail damage and tree limbs down. Sheriff Jeff Herrig said a box truck was blown over by strong winds on K4 near Valley Falls.

In Topeka, emergency officials reported heavy rains just after 9 pm sparked some localized street flooding. Earlier in the evening, a round of storms dropped hail ping pong ball size and larger throughout the Topeka area.