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Saturday storms in KC cause wind damage, power outages

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 6:44 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 11:25 a.m.

A fast-moving torrent whacked the Kansas City area Saturday, abruptly halting outdoor events, leaving thousands without power and keeping emergency crews hopping with water rescues and downed trees.

“We had some wind damage in different parts of Kansas City and a lot in Johnson County, with trees and branches down,” said Julie Adolphson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Strong winds caused major roof damage to Blue Valley Southwest High School at 176th and Quivira.

The storms moved quickly into the region around 3:30 p.m., turning some streets into raging rapids. And a country music concert at Arrowhead that was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. was delayed for an hour.

Numerous power outages hit the area, the most in Shawnee, Merriam, Mission and Olathe. Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches, Adolphson said.

“But we’re pretty lucky with regard to how fast it moved through our area,” she said. “It just didn’t stay here and rain and rain.”

Near Springfield, 9 inches fell in 21/2 hours.

Father’s Day could be touch-and-go. Highs were predicted in the mid-80s with a slight risk for severe weather for Sunday afternoon.

The Star’s Tim Finn contributed to this story. To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send email to jthomas@kcstar.com.

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