Severe storms cause damage in central Kansas

SALINA, Kan. | Central Kansas has been slammed by powerful storms that uprooted trees, damaged buildings and left hundreds of customers without power.

In Salina, a steeple was blown off the roof of a church at midmorning Monday. Winds estimated at 70 mph broke windows at a home in the Morris County town of Council Grove.

Dean Speaks, interim director of Saline County emergency management, said no injuries were reported, but teams were being sent out at midday to assess the damage.

The violent weather moved into the Salina area about 10:45 a.m. with hail and heavy rain. Speaks said the storm lasted about an hour.

Several homes in Salina were flooded. Speaks said a few house fires were also reported, likely sparked from downed power lines.

In the Kansas City area, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm until 7 p.m. in Johnson, Linn and Miami counties in Kansas and Jackson, Cass, Bates and Johnson counties in Missouri.