A thunderstorm that roared through Lawrence early this morning gave residents an early wake-up call, dropped more than a half-inch of rain on the city and left many people without electricity.
The storm rolled through town about 5 a.m. today, according to the Kansas University Weather Service and KPL Gas Service.
T.A. Mindrup, district manager for KPL, said this morning that lightning accompanying the storm caused line damage across town that resulted in about a dozen "minor" power outages.
Mindrup said each of the outages left between 50 and 75 people without power for several hours. The outages occurred about 5 a.m. and full service was restored to customers about 8 a.m., he said.
MINDRUP SAID the lightning caused switches to disconnect and damaged power line insulators, which also causes an interruption in electrical service.
The electric company called out repairmen when the outages were reported and their work was completed about 10 a.m., Mindrup said.
Matt Foster, a forecaster with the KU Weather Service, the official reporting station for Lawrence, said this morning that the storm left .56 of an inch of rain in his rain gauge.
This morning's moisture brings Lawrence's total rainfall for the month to 1.02 inches. Normal rainfall for the month of May is 4.22 inches. The rain also brings Lawrence's total moisture for the year to date to 8.83 inches, which is slightly behind expected amounts for the year so far of about 9.35 inches.
LAWRENCE and the surrounding area received more rain than normal for the first three months of the year. April, however, recorded less rain than normal.
The National Weather Service in Topeka said that when the storm left, it took with it the last chance of rain until Saturday. Thursday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high temperature of only 65 degrees. Normal high temperatures for May are in the upper 70s.
Rainfall totals reported from around Lawrence are: Worden, .57 of an inch; Eudora, .35; Lecompton, .58; Clinton Lake, .60; Perry Lake, .97; and Oskaloosa, .75.
Elsewhere in the state, winds clocked at 75 mph by the Rooks County sheriff's department blew over the press box and a concession stand at the football field in Stockton, officials said. The storm peaked about 11:30 p.m., producing hail 2 inches in diameter and scattered power outages across the county.
THERE WERE unofficial reports of winds up to 80 mph in Graham County, with power lines down east of Hill City and more heavy hail. A grain elevator was blown into power lines in Ellis County, resulting in a brief fire and some loss of power.
Winds of 70 mph in Hays whipped electrical lines into each other, producing some power fluctuations, officials said. Gusts of 70 mph were reported in Decatur, Gove, Sheridan and Trego counties.
Clearing skies and colder weather were expected today and Thursday. Highs today were expected in the 50s, and lows tonight were forecast from the mid- to upper 30s.
Highs Thursday should be in the mid-60s to about 70 under mostly sunny skies.
Highs Tuesday ranged from 69 at Goodland to 82 in Liberal. Overnight lows were from 40 at Goodland to 66 in Coffeyville and 65 at Pittsburg and Chanute.