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Major, damaging, scary storm hits Kiowa; locals help each other in aftermath

• Hail sounded like it would take your house down


August 9, 2017

Most people saw "severe thunderstorm warnings" for Barber County Saturday evening around 6 p.m. No tornado sirens went off, so those of us who would instantly go to their basement for shelter did not. Many people were ready to walk out of their house with plans for Saturday night, expecting some rain, thunder and lightning – the usual for these parts in August. Actually, people in this agricultural area were thrilled to see the chance of moisture for their crops and, yes, yards and flowers.

What no one expected was the weirdest, most ominous sounding hail storm, a probable twister and th...

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