Archive for Thursday, June 5, 2014

Trees and power lines down, but storm didn’t pack as big a punch as expected

Mike Perkins, left, street division manager, and other street crew employees survey a fallen oak tree at 2200 Vermont after heavy winds blew through Lawrence Thursday morning.

Mike Perkins, left, street division manager, and other street crew employees survey a fallen oak tree at 2200 Vermont after heavy winds blew through Lawrence Thursday morning.

June 5, 2014, 5:07 a.m. Updated June 5, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

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A storm that had delivered 80-mile-an-hour wind gusts in the central part of the state let Lawrence off relatively easily this morning, with some trees down and about 630 Weststar Energy customers without power as of 11:20, but with no injuries.

"I think we did fairly well with this one," said Sgt. Trent McKinley, spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department. The most significant call received was about a tree that fell on a house in the 1000 block of Maine, with power lines down.

A tree was reported down in the 2700 block of Maverick Lane and a limb was down in the 2400 block of Ousdahl.

Power lines were down at Rockledge Road and McDonald Drive, and McKinley said there were reports of another half dozen power lines down or arcing.

The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning and said strong and damaging winds with gusts of 60 to 80 mph were possible.

The weather service says winds estimated up to 80 mph swept through parts of Kansas early Thursday and that rainfall amounts varied from more than 1 inch in northeast Wichita, to more than 2 inches in McPherson.

Hail measuring more than 3 inches in diameter was reported in McPherson, and hail about 2.75 inches in diameter was reported south of Galva.

The heavy storms also snapped tree limbs and downed power lines. More than 1,000 Westar customers were without electricity in Saline County early Thursday, and nearly that many were also without power in Sedgwick County.

Chancy Smith, director of Dickinson County Emergency Management, said there were also sporadic outages in Abilene, Hope and Herington.

An Operation 100 News report.

Mike Frizzell of Operation 100 News contributed to this report

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