EL DORADO – The Butler County Office of Emergency Management was kept busy taking report after report of damage inflicted on the area by winds that were clocked at up to 90 MPH in some parts of the region. The National Weather Service in Wichita kept the county under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for much of the evening.
The line of storms moved into the area from northwest to southeast, first ravaging some parts of Sedgwick County around 7:30 PM on Thursday night. Emergency management officials in the community of Colwich, which is four miles west of Maize Road, clocked the winds at 84 MPH as the storm first approached the Wichita metropolitan area. Numerous trees and power lines were down, leaving much of Western Sedgwick County without electricity overnight.
As the storm moved east, the winds seemed to die down from the 85 MPH mark, but as the cells moved through Central and Northern Butler County, reports of gusts and damage continued to come in. Six miles north of El Dorado, emergency managers clocked winds at 65 MPH around 7:45 PM while a spokesman for the Towanda Fire Department told the National Weather Service that gusts in the downtown area had reached some 50 MPH.
Emergency management officials took the following reports of damage:
- A mobile home in Potwin was reported heavily damaged, with trees down
- A carport near downtown Augusta was reportedly damaged
- Numerous trees and tree limbs were reportedly found in various roadways
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported around 8:00 PM that a truck pulling a fifth wheel camper was toppled along the Kansas Turnpike, near the southbound 82 mile marker. This is just north of the Highway 254 interchange.
Numerous photos on social media were taken, indicating brilliant displays of lightning as the storm moved through the area.