The Kansas wind is dominating Memorial Day weather, with scattered wind-related power outages starting to crop up in Wichita, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said.
At mid-afternoon, the top gust recorded at the National Weather Service in Wichita was 49 mph, said meteorologist Stephanie Dunten. Gusts hit 52 mph earlier today in Salina and Russell, she said.
The result has been isolated reports of power lines down, dispatchers said. However, the wind has yet to trigger any grass fires.
Westar Energy's online outage map, at www.westarenergy.com, shows isolated outages in Wichita, Hutchinson and Butler County.
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The wind drove boaters and skiiers off Cheney Reservoir for the past two days, said park manager Jody Schwartz.
Dunten said the wind is being produced by a tight pressure gradient across the state driven by a surface low forming in Colorado. However, any rain today likely won't hit Wichita until late evening or overnight, she said.