Archive for Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Wind, lightning, rain pound Lawrence, area

June 12, 2002

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A severe thunderstorm struck Lawrence on Tuesday night, bringing winds as high as 66 mph.

As of 10:30 p.m., the National Weather Service in Topeka reported that .22 inches of rain had fallen at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

"But you probably got much more than that in some parts of Lawrence," said Curt Holderbach, weather service meteorologist.

Heavy rain, lightning and winds developed Tuesday evening across northeast Kansas and hit Lawrence between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Holderbach said.

Lawrence Police dispatchers received reports of street flooding at 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road and several reports of power line problems. In Jefferson County, a tree northwest of Meriden caught on fire after being struck by lightning, a sheriff's dispatcher there said.

6News meteorologist Ross Janssen forecasts scattered storms today, with a high of 80, and a continuing chance of thunderstorms tonight.

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