Supercell sweeps through

6/3/2014

By KELTON BROOKS

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

The aftermath of a thunderstorm system in the northeast area of Garden City flooded area streets and pelted the area with quarter-inch sized hail overnight.

A tornado warning was in effect until 9:30 p.m., with sirens sounding at about 8:30 p.m.

Gilbert Valerio of Finney County Emergency Management said spotters were out looking for rotation in the clouds, and checking the severity of the storm. A supercell — a system producing severe thunderstorms and featuring rotating winds — was spotted near Holcomb.

According Garden City Police dispatchers, the 1400 block of East Kansas Avenue to JC Street was flooded at 10 p.m. Tuesday due to heavy rainfall. The police department also said strong, swirling winds from the storm caused a semi-truck to tip over in the 7700 block of East U.S. Highway 50, but there were no reports of injury.

"We won't know if any significant damage happened until later, but everything appears all right," Valerio said.

Valerio said motorists should never drive through water-covered bridges or flooded areas. The water can be deceptively deep, and it doesn't take much flowing water for a car to lose traction.

According to the National Weather Serivce, 6-inch-high water can reach the bottom of most cars, which would cause drivers to lose control. Even a few inches of water can interfere with traction enough to scoot a car into deeper water while driving.

Most flood-related deaths are caused when motorists try to cross flooded areas. Valerio said drivers should turn around and seek another route if the roadway has water running over it.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 3 a.m. in Garden City. Winds during the storm topped at 60 mph with stronger wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

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