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Storms dump baseball-sized hail in several counties in Kansas

Large hail and high winds has done damage in 5 counties in Kansas on Tuesday. Baseball sized hail has been reported in Rice, Ellsworth and Reno Counties - ksn.com reports.

For the second night in a row, severe thunderstorms moved through south central Kansas, causing power outages and damage across several counties.

The most intense storm began in Lincoln County late Tuesday afternoon and moved south, dropping ping-pong-ball-sized hail. The storm moved through Ellsworth, Rice, and McPherson counties and then into Reno, Kingman and Sumner counties. Trees and power lines were downed in a number of locations, and Westar Energy reported around 1,700 customers without power in Reno County at one point.

Crews have been working to assess the damage in Pretty Prairie, where heavy damage was reported in the downtown area. Weather spotters estimated winds of 80 to 100 miles an hour near Pretty Prairie. Police were blocking roads into the community.

One spotter reported grapefruit sized hail near Hutchinson, and there were also reports of tennis-ball and golf-ball sized hail.

The storm also caused power outages in Sedgwick County, and Westar Energy officials reported scattered outages affecting as many as 4,800 customers.

A storm with large hail moved into the Norwich area in Kingman County, and then into Argonia in western Sumner County, where storms caused damage Monday night.

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