Daily Archives: 9 April, 2010

Damage from the high winds that struck southeastern Kansas last week

Winds of as much as 80 miles an hour damaged homes and buildings and snapped off power poles in southeast Kansas, thanks to storms that managed to miss Wichita last Friday.

Scott Roberts sent me some photos of the damage in Iola, which he said appeared to represent the worst of what he had seen in the region. Here are a couple of them:

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Scott tells me this building was at the corner of U.S. 54 and Kentucky in Iola.

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This tree damage was photographed at the corner of Madison and Oak.

Sunny and warm – and the wind returns

After a one-day break, the robust winds of spring return today for the Wichita area.

Southerly winds will strengthen as the day progresses, forecasters say, intensifying from the single digits this morning to steady breezes in the mid-20s. Gusts will top 35 miles an hour.

Highs should reach the mid-70s under sunny skies. Overnight lows will slip into the 40s, forecasters say, and the weekend should be sunny, warm, dry and windy, with highs reaching the upper 70s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.