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    Salina storm brings 100 mph winds, golf ball-sized hail and downed limbs on Sunday

    By Charles Rankin, Salina Journal,


    Tree limbs came down Sunday evening as winds as high as 100 mph accompanied storms rolling through Salina.

    According to Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wichita, that high wind was recorded at the Salina Regional Airport.

    The Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 6 p.m.

    Hail and rain also a concern during Salina storm Sunday

    Wind wasn't the only danger facing Salina, as Pearce confirmed that golf-ball sized hail was also recorded.

    That hail was heard hitting the metal roof at Tony's Pizza Events Center by friends, family, student and more shortly before 6 p.m. while the names of graduates of Salina High School South were being read at a commencement ceremony.

    Finally, the storm produced "excessive rainfall," prompting the weather service to also issue a flash flood warning just before 7 p.m. for the area as 2 to 3 inches of rain had already fallen and an additional 1 to 2 inches was expected to fall later in the evening and night.

    That warning was scheduled to expire at 11:30 p.m.

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