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Archive for Friday, July 21, 2000

Winds knock out power in Wichita

July 21, 2000

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— About 13,000 Wichita residents remained without power Thursday evening after early-morning thunderstorms knocked out power lines throughout the area.

KGE officials said it could be today before power is fully restored. As many as 45,000 people were without electricity at the height of the storm.

Crews around the state have come in to help restore service.

The storm blew down tents and an electronic scoreboard at the Willowbend Golf Club. A tournament scheduled to begin Thursday started two hours late.

Lightning also was blamed for a house fire early Thursday in Wichita, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage.

No injuries were reported.

In parts of southeast Kansas, thunderstorms produced up to 4 inches of rain early Thursday and more rain was on the way.

People living around creeks and streams were warned of possible flash flooding Thursday morning.

The chance for showers and thunderstorms statewide continues today with highs expected from the upper 70s northeast to the low to mid-80s south.

More rain is possible tonight with lows falling into the 60s. The chance of rain Saturday was limited to the northern part of the state with highs in the 80s.

Another round of rain was expected Sunday and Monday with lows in the 60s and highs ranging from the 80s in central and eastern parts of the state and from 85 to 95 in the west.

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