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Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Hobbs Park siren is not working

Construction near 11th and Delaware streets has left the area's tornado siren out of service.

March 23, 2009

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High Winds in Lawrence

As two weather fronts move through the region, the high winds are having their effect on Lawrence this afternoon. Enlarge video

A large branch of a flowering Bradford Pear tree near the Lawrence Memorial Hospital parking lot was split off the tree during Monday's winds.

A large branch of a flowering Bradford Pear tree near the Lawrence Memorial Hospital parking lot was split off the tree during Monday's winds.

Part of a tree blew over in a front yard around 1:30 p.m. Monday during the high wind warning.

Part of a tree blew over in a front yard around 1:30 p.m. Monday during the high wind warning.

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Douglas County Emergency Management officials said Monday afternoon that construction at Hobbs Park has a storm warning siren at 11th and Delaware out of service, so they are advising residents in the area to have an alternate method of receiving a tornado warning.

The National Weather Service indicates the potential exists for the development of severe weather in Douglas County and surrounding area this afternoon and this evening.

"This is the time for residents to make arrangements to obtain information on developing weather," said Bob Newton, public information officer for Douglas County Emergency Management.

NOAA all-hazard radios, which receive transmissions from the National Weather Service, as well as 6News and LJWorld.com, are methods of keeping abreast of local weather, Newton said.

The wind has already caused some problems. There were 971 Westar customers without power in Douglas County late this afternoon.

"The storms are starting to pop off to our west, and a little extra sunshine is increasing our instability, so as we see storms firing, they'll be stronger," 6News Chief Meteorologist Matt Elwell said. Elwell said that while there is a risk of tornadoes in Lawrence, he thought the primary threat would be from large hail and high, damaging winds.

Kansas University has a severe weather plan, but leaders hope they don’t have to use it during Monday night’s women’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas Athletics Inc. leaders say they are keeping a constant eye on the weather and talking with weather service officials.

“We have to work constantly in making determinations in terms of the safety of continuing with the event or just not just continuing,” said Jim Marchiony, a KU associate athletics director.

If there is a tornado warning, the fieldhouse’s public address announcer will notify fans they need to leave the bleachers and enter one of two hallways that do not have windows on the ground floor, Marchiony said.

The teams also will leave the court to enter their locker rooms, which do not have windows, he said.

“The communication is the key area,” Marchiony said.

Tipoff for the WNIT game versus Creighton is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Comments

oohmgrover 5 years, 9 months ago

They thought it would be a good idea to disable a tornado siren right as tornado season was starting? Ugh, construction.

gccs14r 5 years, 9 months ago

That siren has been dead for a couple of months at least. I didn't know it was intentionally taken out of service. Thanks for the warning.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

oh, no severe weather ever hits that part of town. just once, in '06 was the microburst in that neighborhood. otherwise, pretty tornado safe. seems safer than SW lawrence!

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