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Archive for Thursday, June 5, 2008

Some in Lawrence still without power after thunderstorms

Wakarusa closed for night; Thunderstorm warning expires, tornado watch remains

Lawrence resident Carl Masters kicks back with his iPod on the hood of his car at the city parking garage as a severe thunderstorm roles through town Thursday, June 5, 2008.

Lawrence resident Carl Masters kicks back with his iPod on the hood of his car at the city parking garage as a severe thunderstorm roles through town Thursday, June 5, 2008.

June 5, 2008, 5:16 p.m. Updated June 5, 2008, 11:08 p.m.

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Severe Weather Updates, June 5, 2008

Spotty showers are around early this afternoon but storms are still in the forecast later today. Watch Jennifer for the latest forecast.

Tasha Riggins - Wakarusa Weather

Tasha Riggins, media coordinator for the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, talks about the severe thunderstorm warning approaching western Douglas County, as the organizers asked festivalgoers to seek shelter.

As of 11:08 p.m. Westar Energy had reports of 241 power outages in Douglas County. A severe thunderstorm that moved through the area Thursday night left as many as 587 custormers without power at the outage's peak..

Most outages are north of 23rd Street in Lawrence and just east of Massachusetts Street, according to a map on Westar's Web site.

The National Weather Service's thunderstorm warning expired at 10:15 p.m. A tornado watch remains in effect until midnight

While the storm that moved through did produce winds in the 70 mph range it was said to be capable of, it was only that intense in sporadic areas. A storm spotter in north Lawrence reported winds of 70 mph.

With the severe weather bearing down, organizers of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival ended the concert two hours early. David Barrett, event organizer, got on one band stage and advised attendees to seek shelter. He halted all concerts as well.

Chris Vdakes, who runs a taxi service at the festival, advised all of his employees to give people final rides and when it began raining to park the golf carts and seek shelter as well. Many people who could leave chose to leave the park immediately.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lt. Kari Wempe said organizers did not ask people to leave the campgrounds, but they did direct everyone to take shelter, in their cars if no where else. Others such as Dick Schaeffer of Belton, Mo., were unsure where to go. He said he was considering drive into the downtown area. He said Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical personnel told him he could even seek shelter at a fire department.

Mikey Miller, 24, had just arrived at the festival at about 6 p.m. from Denver. He said he was driving through a storm under a black sky. He said he was going to wait out the storm.

The storm was moving at speeds of about 60 mph.

Staff members Alex Parker, Erin Castaneda, George Diepenbrock, Mark Boyle and Jennifer Schack contributed to this report.

Comments

hujiko 6 years, 8 months ago

1029, much of the storm is done, its just sporadic lightning and moderate rainfall.

gccs14r 6 years, 8 months ago

LJW needs to amend the headline. They make it sound like the Wakfest has been cancelled.

1029 6 years, 8 months ago

Hey, if anybody reads this post in the next few minutes, can you tell me how it's looking around the north Lawrence area? I'm in my safety shelter and I've never used it before and I can't really hear what's going on up there. Hope the storms aren't too bad. Thanks.

smartmomma 6 years, 8 months ago

My cable is out..but phone and internet are working just fine......good night

lawrencerox 6 years, 8 months ago

Mikey Miller will "wait out the store"...whatever that means.

UFC_FAN 6 years, 8 months ago

channel six weather really did well. good job!

igby 6 years, 8 months ago

The radar indicates a broad vertical ridge that's arrow or head is headed right for Lawrence. It's just exactly the type of vertical ridge on the map that produces Tornado's on both sides of the point of the arrow. These vertical ridges produce strait line winds but can form hooks where tornado's can develop quickly.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 8 months ago

heard very loud thunder to the west, as noticed computers rebooting and had lost power. that was about 10;50 plus a few minutes. lots of rain, beautiful thunder. *** hey Jennifer, kudos! you called it right on! the worst stuff stayed just west. good job. lawrence was very fortunate. or, maybe there really is a giant magnet burried under budig hall that controls local weather?

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