UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Weststar Energy officials said 5,000 customers state-wide lost power Thursday. The company by mid-day Friday had restored power to all but about 350, said Jana Dawson, a Westar spokeswoman.
ORIGINAL STORY: We dodged the bad tornado weather predicted for Thursday night.
The National Weather Service predicts possible thunderstorms today also, and some could be severe with high winds. But the danger level is lower.
Strong winds last night knocked around trees and property around the dirt racing track near Salina, said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jakub Friday morning. Wind gusts just west of Salina reached a speed of 73 miles per hour, he said.
“But there were no real big strong tornadoes,” he said of the state’s overnight weather. “A few brief, weak tornado touchdowns, but not anything big like we were concerned about.”
We could see thunderstorms later today, along and east of the Kansas turnpike, he said. “But it doesn’t look like a set-up as strong as yesterday. We could get hail, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall in some places.
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport recorded only .26 of an inch of rain on Thursday. West Wichita recorded about half an inch, Jakub said.