Fort Riley Incurs Hail Damage in Thunderstorm

FORT RILEY, Kan. – No injuries have been reported after a severe thunderstorm with lightning, rain, wind and quarter-sized hail that hit Fort Riley Monday morning.

There were no reported tornadoes on post, but after reports of cloud rotation, the decision was made to sound the tornado sirens and encourage people to seek shelter immediately, according to Chris Ferris, director of the Directorate of Emergency Services.

In addition to the tornado sirens, the post’s giant voice and computer pop-up system were employed to alert Soldiers, Families, civilian employees and other personnel on post to take shelter.

Fort Riley established an emergency operations center to oversee operations as part of the emergency preparedness plan to respond to any human-made or natural disaster.

The all-clear signal was given at 11:07 a.m., according to reports from the Fort Riley Operations Center.

Hail reports ranged from pea-sized to three-quarters inch with some reports of hail up to two or three inches in diameter.

Reports are coming in from military units, but 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team personnel reported minor damage to more than 25 vehicles and at least three windshields were damaged.


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