Lyndon Schools Close After Gym Damaged

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ At least one Kansas school is sending students home early because of the violent weather moving through the state.

High winds tore off part of the roof of Lyndon High School in Osage County early Monday, so officials sent students home at 8:30 a.m. so they could assess the extent of damage.

Similar damage may be taking place as strong winds, large hail and heavy rain make their way through parts of the state and forecasters predict more of the same for much of the day.

Residents of Labette report that flooding in the southeast Kansas town is affecting some property. In Dickenson, a spotter reported hail nearly two inches in diameter overnight, and reports of winds near 70 miles per hour through the eastern half of the state are common.

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