Northeast Kansas was bombarded by severe weather on September 17, 2022. The National Weather Service out of Topeka began issuing watches and warnings early in the day with major concerns for the formation of super cells that were likely to produce excessive damage.
Hail and High Winds Whip Through Americus and Emporia
In the early afternoon and late evening, reports of hail and high winds began to pour in from Americus and Emporia. In Americus 2 inch hail was sighted as well as tree damage including trees up to 6 inches in diameter being uprooted. There were also reports of a downed power line causing problems for travelers in the area. Emporia residents reported high winds that were later recorded to be in excess of 70 miles per hour as well as 1-inch hail.
Reports of Severe Storm Damage in Northeast Kansas
The warnings of severe weather in Northeast Kansas from the National Weather Service were accompanied by an estimated 2.7 inches of rain falling throughout the evening. Structural damage seen throughout the area with homes experiencing hail damage to their roofs as well as wind damage. There were also multiple reports of down trees on homes as well as damage to other parts of the structures such as windows. Reports and warnings continued throughout the night though the storm had dissipated by morning.
One large supercell storm is continuing to move through the area outlined in “yellow”. Large hail, damaging wind and a tornado can't be ruled out with this storm. Continue to remain weather aware if in this area. More storms could develop out west later this evening. #kswx pic.twitter.com/zS982B92I1
— NWS Topeka (@NWSTopeka) September 17, 2022
Emporia State Picks Up Win Despite Evacuation and Delay
The Emporia State Hornets were able to pick up a solid 36-12 win over the Missouri Western Griffins despite the need to evacuate players and fans alike from Welch Stadium due to the extreme weather that swept through Northeast Kansas. The game was delayed for several hours before players were able to return to the field.
— Landon Reinhardt (@landonian87) September 17, 2022
With severe weather comes severe damage. If your home was damaged in the storms that swept through Emporia last weekend, call Shull Roofing, immediately to schedule a free estimate. Time is of the essence when it comes to your storm-damaged roof, so don’t delay. Call, today!