Early morning storms that packed heavy rains and strong winds have knocked out power to more than 4,000 Westar Energy customers in Wichita, Colwich, Andale and other parts of the metropolitan area.
More than two dozen utility poles have been “sheared off” in Kingman County, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal. About 30 poles were snapped off in between Spivey and Norwich, he said, and it would take winds of about 80 miles an hour to do that.
Winds topping 90 miles an hour were reported in Hutchinson and Buhler in Reno County late last night, Darmofal said, and 60 to 80 mph winds were reported in Russell and Barton counties.
Mutiple tornado warnings were issued last night in central Kansas, though no actual touchdowns were confirmed.
Wichita had recorded just under a half-inch of rain by 7 a.m., Darmofal said, though other parts of the city had received more. Those were generally in west and northwest Wichita. The east side of the city had generally reported .25 to .40 of an inch of rain.
More rain can be expected this morning, Darmofal said, though today’s rain is likely to be over in the area by noon.