Hail damage reported in El Dorado

By Matt Heilman
KWCH – May 26, 2015

Severe storms have again hit South Central Kansas with heavy rains and hail.

At about 7 p.m., golf ball-sized hail was reported in El Dorado. About 30 minutes later, emergency traffic indicated some of the hailstones were closer to baseball-sized.

Butler County remained in a severe thunderstorm warning until 8 p.m. while the warning one county east in Greenwood County was in effect until 8:15 p.m. Previously, the National Weather Service allowed the severe thunderstorm warning for Sedgwick County to expire at 7:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported hail measuring 2.75 inches in El Dorado and damage to some businesses and homes in the city. The Walmart store located in the 300 block of South Village Road was closed, after reports of skylights at the store being damaged by hail.

We reached out to Walmart corporate and expect to have more information, including how long the store was closed.

Butler County 911 said there were reports of damaged car windows at Butler Community College in the 900 block of North Haverhill Road.

There were also windshields broken out of vehicles at the Butler County Courthouse in the 200 block of North Gordy.

Dispatch said vehicles were also damaged at the Butler County 4-H building near the 200 block of Griffith Street near McDonald Baseball Park.

There were no serious injuries reported in the storm, but a few firefighters with the El Dorado Fire Department received minor injuries as they moved fire vehicles out of the hail and under cover.

Earlier in the evening, smaller hailstones were reported in southeast Wichita and on the north side of Derby as the storm moved north and east. At about 6:20 p.m., the National Weather Service reported golf ball-sized hail falling along Kellogg near the Kansas Turnpike.

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