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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Storm jumps city, causes little damage

  • The McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal Monday described the storm that hit McPherson County Sunday night as a yo-yo.
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  • The McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal Monday described the storm that hit McPherson County Sunday night as a yo-yo.
    Radar activity indicated a tornado in the area of Groveland and Kansas Highway 61. Galva fire crews also reported tornadic activity in that area, said Darrren Frazier, McPherson County Emergency Management Director.
    Storm sirens were sounded and emergency services were placed on alert.
    The storm lifted over the city of McPherson. Deal said a similar thing happened when the storm headed west toward Galva. It lifted over the city, sparing the community from any severe damage.
    “It basically yo-yoed,” he said. “It would come down and bounce back up, come down and bounce back up, and it  basically bounced up over McPherson. The good Lord was very kind to us last night and spared us a very horrific situation.”
    There were no reports of injuries, Frazier said.
    Downed power lines were reported at Dakota and Eighth Avenue Sunday night. Some irrigation pipes south of McPherson also were reported to have dislodged.
    Street flooding was reported in McPherson in the area of Northview between Main Street and Old Highway 81.
    Inman and portions of McPherson both were without power for a period of time Sunday night.
    “I think we were very fortunate,” Frazier said.
    Deal said Frazier and emergency services did an excellent job of coordinating efforts during the storm.
    Mayor Tom Brown asked Deal if all the city’s storm sirens sounded. Deal said to his knowledge all the sirens functioned properly.
    Deal said he wished to remind the public that outdoor sirens are only meant to alert people who are outdoors. Outdoor sirens are not designed to be heard inside a home. Residents should have some other means of tracking a storm, including a weather radio, Internet, television or a phone app.

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