An extremely strong wind storm hit Pratt County with winds reaching 100 mph that did extensive tree damage in the area including Pratt and the area north and west of town.
Tree limbs were flying though the air like missiles Monday night as a violent storm went through Pratt County with winds at or above 100 mph.
Several storm spotters across the county, in the area north and west of Pratt, reported 100 mph winds with one report of 110 mph, said Tim Branscom, Pratt County Emergency Manager.
The area most affected appeared to be from Pratt to Cullison then up to Byers and over to Iuka and back to Pratt. Vast numbers of trees were damaged in that area ranging from very small twigs to full sized trees.
Major damage occurred at the Larry Briggeman farm where a tree crashed into the roof of the house and left a hole.
Other major tree damage included a big silver maple that broke off at the base and smashed into the north side of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism causing serious damage to the roof. The interior of the building did not appear to be damaged, said Chris Shrack, education information representative.
Some areas of Pratt were without electricity on the east side of town from County Club Road east and north but power was restored by 11 p.m., said Pratt City Manager Dave Howard.
Power lines are down in the county in several locations and crews are busy trying to get power restored.
Ninnescah Electric had about 500 customers without power Monday night but had cut that number to 25 or 30 by Tuesday afternoon. Other power companies were assisting in the area including crews from Meade, Cheney, Scott City and Dodge City, said Teresa Miller, Ninnescah Electric general manager.
Power is out at Byers and may be out for several days.
Some buildings at the Pratt Regional Airport lost part of exterior walls including a hangar.
Several irrigation systems were rolled over in the county.
Rain reports vary across the county but Jerry DeWeese reported 2.25 inches and John Swindler reported 2.70 inches.
See Thursday's Tribune for more detailed information.