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Thousands without power after storm lashes Wichita with heavy rain, strong winds

A strong thunderstorm late Saturday night lashed Wichita with heavy rain and high winds that knocked out power to more than 2,100 Westar customers scattered around the city.

The storm struck shortly before 10 p.m., dumping more than a half-inch of rain in about 20 minutes, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser. Winds of 50 to 55 mph were logged at Eisenhower National Airport, and 60 mph was reported in Rose Hill.

Hail as large as ping pong balls fell a mile northeast of McConnell Air Force Base, while hail the size of baseballs was reported in Greensburg.

Large hail also fell in Rose Hill, Kleinsasser said.

More than 2,100 Westar customers lost power in the storm, most of them between Central and 15th Street and from Santa Fe to nearly Hillside. Westar officials were not expecting full power restoration until 8 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday will be much cooler with highs in the low 80s. Winds should be light out of the north under gradually clearing skies.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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