Another round of severe storms swept through northwest Kansas on Friday evening, causing tornado warnings, large hail and flash flooding.
There were several reports of tornadic activity, but those reports were not confirmed as of Saturday morning, said Brian Warren, a meteorologist with Goodland National Weather Service.
A landspout tornado was reported by a storm chaser 5 miles northeast of Park in Sheridan County just after 6:30 p.m. A funnel cloud reportedly was spotted 7 miles north of Oberlin around the same time, with two more funnel clouds reported near Colby in Thomas County. One was located over the town and another just northeast at 7:40 p.m., according to NWS reports.
Damage reports were still coming in Saturday morning, but there had been reports of wind damage northeast of Atwood, where large tree limbs were broken. A wind gust of 60 mph was recorded in Tribune.
There also were damage reports caused by large hail, particularly in Gove County, where a large storm cell lingered for some time over the city of Quinter, Warren said.
“That’s one of the main ones we were looking at last night. We got reports of a lot of flooding in the area, a lot of hail, a lot of people reported seeing a funnel cloud, but they’re not confirmed,” he said. “It seems like Quinter had a really big cell that went over there. There’s a lot of reports about busted windows and things like that because the hail was so large.”
There were reports of hail up to 2.75 inches in diameter a few miles west and southeast of Quinter, and baseball-size hail also was reported just west of Herndon in Rawlins County. Large hail also was reported in Oberlin, as well as near Atwood and Gove.
The volume of hail also sparked concerns in some areas, with a road 13 miles north of Tribune completely covered with pea-size hail shortly before 9 p.m.
Heavy rain also was reported throughout much of northwest Kansas, with flooding in Gove County. A number of roads in Quinter reportedly were submerged by 8:30 p.m. Friday, with up to 10 inches of rain recorded at the bottom of a highway ramp.
Flooding also was reported in the Rawlins County community of Herndon, where water inside a building measured 4 inches deep, according to NWS reports.
According to reports on the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, 2.86 inches of rain was recorded about 10 miles northwest of Stockton.
More than 3 inches of rain was recorded about 6 miles east of Phillipsburg. Other reports topping 3 inches came from just northeast of Goodland, southwest of St. Francis and just southwest of WaKeeney.
Nearly an inch was reported near Park in Gove County, with 2.7 inches recorded in Gove. Almost an inch and a half was recorded near Russell, and Damar received nearly 2 inches.
In Ellis County, the highest rainfall was reported near Ellis, with 1.2 inches about 13 miles northwest of the town. Closer to Hays, .85 inches was reported about 5 miles north of town.
The rain and muddy conditions contributed to the closure of 210th Avenue in Ellis County between Old U.S. Highway 40 and Golf Course Road, which is not expected to reopen until Monday.
“This is due to very muddy conditions, and the road is impassable following a collision between two vehicles,” Bill Ring, Ellis County public works administrator, wrote in an email.