JETMORE, Kan. (AP) _ A southwest Kansas family is facing
substantial repairs after their property was smashed by a weather
phenomenon called a microburst.
Larry Grady told the Dodge City Daily Globe the microburst hit
his property 10 miles west of Jetmore as a strong storm died down
and then powered up again Tuesday night. He and his wife sheltered
in their basement.
On Wednesday, Grady found one of his barns gone, with just the
foundation left. The roof of a calf pen was blown off, fences and a
corral were damaged or destroyed, and the National Weather Service
said debris was blown a half-mile away.
Weather Service forecast Frederick Kruse says the damage was
indeed caused by a microburst. Kruse says thunderstorms that get
especially tall can put out strong winds to the ground.