Winds cause damage, power outages in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Strong winds that blew through central and northeast Kansas left trees down and created power outages but no serious injuries have been reported.

Winds reaching more than 60 mph, accompanied by rain and hail hit the state late Monday and early Tuesday.

Westar reported up to 25,000 customers without power after the storm but that number had been reduced to about 6,000 early Tuesday. Power outages were reported in Shawnee, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Riley and Geary counties.

The Kansas Department of Transportation closed a section of U.S. 24 in Riley County Monday night because of downed power lines. The department said the road was expected to reopen Tuesday morning but warned drivers to find alternate routes for the morning commute.

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RILEY COUNTY (KSNT) – High winds ripped through Riley County late Monday night, downing power lines and shredding at least one business sign.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says as of 10 p.m. Monday night US Highway 24 from the US-77 junction to the K-113 junction is closed to all traffic northwest of Manhattan due to downed power lines.

The lines came down just after 9:00 p.m. when winds exceeding 60 mph raced through the area.

KDOT says the estimated re-opening of the highway is sometime Tuesday, but may not be done in time for the Tuesday morning commute so drivers are being told to take alternate routes.

Downed power lines were also being reported on 52nd street and a Kansas First News photographer said the Manhattan Menard’s sign was “shredded” by the winds.

As of 6:35am Tuesday, 704 people were without power in Riley County, 1528 in Leavenworth County, Shawnee with 143 outages, Douglas had 1677 outages and Osage and Wabaunsee counties had 22r outages according to Westar Energy.



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