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Wind gusts topped 60 miles an hour in Wichita area Tuesday

High winds blew over this stoplight on the southwest corner of Seneca and McLean on Tuesday. No cars or pedestrians were hit by the falling light post. (April 5, 2016)
High winds blew over this stoplight on the southwest corner of Seneca and McLean on Tuesday. No cars or pedestrians were hit by the falling light post. (April 5, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

The unusually blustery spring continued to torment Kansas on Tuesday, with gusts topping 60 miles an hour both north and south of Wichita.

The winds blew over a semi-trailer truck in southwest Kansas and knocked down a traffic light in near downtown Wichita.

Wind gusts reached 62 miles an hour in Newton and 60 miles an hour near Harper southwest of the city, according to Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. Gusts reached 55 miles an hour at Wichita’s Jabara Airport and 54 at Eisenhower National Airport in southwest Wichita.

Hutchinson also logged wind gusts of 54 miles an hour.

The flattened semi blocked U.S. 54 in Meade County for a while Tuesday afternoon.

The weather service does not keep official records of wind speeds, but officials have said this spring has been unusually windy — even for Kansas.

Dust and sand blown stirred up by 50 mph winds blocked out the sun and limited visibility to only a few feet in some areas of Barber County on Tuesday afternoon. (Bo Rader/Kansas.com)

High winds in southern Barber County kick up large dust storms as unprotected soil is blown away as a result of the Anderson Creek fire two weeks ago. (Bo Rader, Kansas.com)

40 to 50 mph winds stirred up dust and smoke from Oklahoma fires Tuesday afternoon in Barber County, Kansas. Bare soil left from the Anderson Creek fire two weeks ago is being stripped off by the high winds. (Bo Rader, Kansas.com)

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