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Spring storms romp across Great Plains

OMAHA, May 19 (UPI) — Overnight storms in the Great Plains brought strong winds, hail and tornadoes to Kansas and Missouri, weather forecasters said Sunday.

Winds gusted above 70 mph in some areas and tree limbs a large as 6 inches in diameter crashed to the ground in Topeka, Kan., late Saturday and early Sunday, reported.

Hail the size of golf balls pelted Elgin, Okla., and a police officer was injured by flying debris in Garfield, Okla.

At least three tornadoes touched down across Kansas Saturday, damaging a home in Rozel but apparently causing few injuries.

The northern Plains experienced the same blustery weather Sunday. The National Weather Service said twisters were likely late in the day. said local flooding was also possible in some areas.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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