Archive for Friday, June 15, 1990

WINDS, RAIN BACK FOR REPLAY

June 15, 1990

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A battery of thunderstorms blew through the area overnight and this morning, causing extensive damage at the Clinton Lake Marina, scattered power outages and flooding on some city streets.

Weather observers say it's likely that the storms will revisit the area tonight.

Strong winds hit the marina at Clinton Lake during the night, flipping boats and twisting the marina's four docks.

Amy Waibel, marina manager, said this morning that the winds overturned four boats at the marina, two in the parking lot and two in the marina yard.

The winds also broke the masts off two sailboats and tore the canopies off two pontoon boats.

WAIBEL said the winds also blew the marina's docks around considerably and broke a walkway ramp leading to the boats on the dock.

She called the damage "extensive," but could not estimate an amount of damage.

Waibel, speaking on a temporary telephone set up in the marina's storeroom because the winds knocked out two of the marina's three telephone lines, said late this morning that winds were kicking up again.

The National Weather Service reported an estimated 80 mph winds and pea-sized hail in Shawnee County about 9:30 a.m. today.

Thursday night's storm also dropped .62 of an inch of rain on Lawrence, according to the Kansas University Weather Service.

The National Weather Service this morning said the thunderstorms were likely to redevelop throughout the day and tonight.

THUNDERSTORMS rolled over town again this morning, bringing winds and heavy rains. Unofficial rainfall at noon was put at .86 of an inch.

T.A. Mindrup, district manager for KPL Gas Service, said late this morning that about 30 outages affecting between 25 and 30 people each were reported during this morning's storm.

A larger outage hitting about 100 customers also was reported in an area west of Iowa Street to Peterson Road this morning, he said. About six outages in rural areas of the county also were reported, he said.

Shortly before noon today, Mindrup said that only eight to 10 of the smaller outages remained to be repaired. He said the company expected all service to be restored by 3 p.m. today.

The storm also knocked down power lines in about six different locations, he said.

In all, Mindrup said the company "weathered" the storm in good shape.

The KU Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains again tonight, but reduced the likelihood of rain Saturday and Sunday to a chance of rain.

High temperatures are expected to be 92 both days, with lows in the upper 60s and low 70s.

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