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Severe Storms Cause Wind Damage; Fires Monday

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Wind damage and power outages followed severe thunderstorms late Monday afternoon, and early evening in northeast Kansas.

Hardest hit was the Waterville community, with significant tree damage. Volunteer firefighters responded with trucks and chain saws to assist cleanup efforts. A grain storage bin was damaged, and some tin blew loose.

Lightning strikes sent Marysville volunteer firemen out twice, first to 1185 Timber Creek Drive where a home was struck. Damage was confined to the electric connection, and related hookups. A section of concrete blew up as the arc followed rebar.

Firemen also responded briefly to a telephone pole at 430 Navajo Road that was struck by lightning.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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