Storms Bring Damage, but Long Awaited Water to Hulah Lake Area

Wednesday, May 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Severe weather rumbled through parts of Oklahoma and Kansas Tuesday night. The storms swept through South-Central Kansas damaging homes and injuring two people.

Our storm warn units spotted a tornado forming southeast of Dodge City. Warning sirens sounded 15 minutes before the storm hit.

Officials estimate 17 homes were damaged or destroyed as the storm moved through the state.

The storm made its way east, bringing with it hail that pounded Coffeyville, Kansas.

It left behind several damaged properties, including a collapsed roof-top at a grocery store.

Another hard hit area was discovered at the Holy Name Catholic Church School where windows were broken and classroom carpets soaked by rainwater.

Darin Wadkins, Holy Name Catholic Church School: "I figured a tornado was coming or something... it was raining so hard you couldn't see."

Witnesses reported golf-ball size hail in the area. No injuries were reported.

That's not all the damage in Coffeyville. Heavy winds and hail caused roofs to collapse.

Wayne Gott, Property Manager: "We'll be cleaning this up for a month getting contractors together and people to do it and we're just getting done, getting it put back together from a stor, a month ago or a little more than a month ago."

Hail measuring about an inch and a half to two inches pounded cars in the parking lot of a shopping center leaving extensive damage behind. And heavy rains caused some flooding in Caney, Kansas.

Many of the streets were flooded, making it slow going for motorists. Several inches fell - which is good news for people who live near Hulah Lake.