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Kansas storms claim 1 life, turnpike damaged

FREDONIA, Kan. | Authorities say one person was killed in southeast Kansas in a storm that brought wind and rain.

A storm pushed through Fredonia and New Albany early Friday, with high winds causing the New Albany Methodist Church to collapse.

Wilson County emergency management said one person was killed in the storm. Details about the person and how the individual died were not immediately available.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall forced the closing of a 20-mile stretch of the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia around 6 a.m. after the Highway Patrol received reports of water covering the highway. The interstate was reopened after about an hour. But northbound traffic is down to one lane while crews repair the shoulder.

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