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Thunderstorms Continue After Causing 16 Injuries, Major Damage

June 29, 1987

Undated (AP) _ Thunderstorms rumbled today from Nebraska to the Great Lakes after wind estimated at more than 100 mph injured 16 people and destroyed a gymnasium in Kansas, and a tornado hit farms in Minnesota, killing cattle.

At least nine tornadoes touched down in five states Sunday, but no injuries were reported, the National Weather Service said.

A twister hit Sunday evening near Edgar, Neb. Three tornadoes touched down near Ethan, S.D., and a tornado damaged farm buildings and trees as well as killing at least two cows near St. Leo, Minn. Twisters also were reported at Spring Lake Park, Minn., and near Limon, Colo.

Hail as big as baseballs bombarded Arapahoe, Neb., damaging cars and crops Sunday evening, the weather service said. Hail piled up and damaged crops near Roggen, Colo. Large hail fell at Bethany, Mo., early today, and earlier near Hiawatha, Kan.; Deer Trail, Colo.; and Oregon, Mo.

Weekend storms caused large waterspouts on Lake Erie on Saturday and brought hail and high wind to parts of northeast and central Ohio.

For today, the weather service forecast scattered showers and thunderstorms from the southern and central high Plains to the upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region. Showers and thunderstorms also were expected over southern and central Florida. Rain showers should be scattered across northern New England.

Late Sunday, strong wind destroyed a house trailer near St. Peter, Kan., but no injuries were reported.

The previous night a storm in north-central Kansas moved through Beloit, overturning camping vehicles at Glen Elder State Park and injuring occupants, according to park manager Charles Burger.

Sixteen people were treated at Mitchell County Community Hospital, and two were admitted, said nursing supervisor Carol Gengler.

The North Central Kansas Area Vocational Technical School gymnasium was destroyed, and the loss was estimated at $900,000, said Grace Gilbert, a county dispatcher.

Eric Schminke of the weather service in Concordia, Kan., estimated that winds exceeded 100 mph.

In neighboring Cloud County, two tornadoes touched down early Sunday. One destroying a shed, the other lifted a sheriff’s patrol car carrying a deputy and a jailer, spun it around and dropped it in a ditch, dispatcher Retta Waite said. Neither person was injured, and the car was not seriously damaged, she said.

The twister also tore the roofs from three hangars at the Concordia airport, causing about $2,000 damage to one plane, according to Bill Fellows, who operates a flight service.

The storm that hit farms in west-central Minnesota, also swept through Minneapolis and St. Paul, downing trees and power lines.

″It was probably the heaviest burst of rain we’ve had so far this year,″ said Les Coleman, weather service forecaster at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. ″This weather situation is the kind of thing we get only a few times a year.″

Parts of Nebraska also had heavy rain and up to a foot of water flooded some streets in North Platte. Holdrege got 3.5 inches of rain by 10 p.m., Barneston reported 3.7 inches and Dubois had 3.48 inches.

A storm and possibly tornadoes in Broward County, Fla., caused no injuries, but did minor damage. Joanne Pistorio of Parkland said wind whipped through her house overturning chairs and ″then it went out the back and tore the French doors right off.″

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