National Weather Service Releases Preliminary Storm Report Following Damaging Wind Gusts in North Central Kansas Wednesday
In the early morning hours on Wednesday, July 10th, a cluster of severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts moved southeast across portions of North Central and Northeast Kansas. The worse damage occurred within southern Washington County near the city of Linn, where many trees were uprooted and electric poles were snapped. Wind speeds across southern Washington County were estimated to be in the 80 mph to near 100 mph range.
A preliminary local storm report released by the National Weather Service Office in Topeka shows wind speeds reaching 93 mph at 5:58 am Wednesday six miles northwest of Palmer. There, the National Weather Service Storm Survey team saw widespread tree damage along Highway 148 where several tree trunks were snapped.
At 6 am two miles southwest of Linn, estimated wind speeds reached 94 mph, uprooting hardwood trees. The survey team found large tree branches up to three inches in diameter down, along with 25 power poles down two miles east of Linn.
One mile northeast of Linn, a farm with metal outbuildings and corn bin were destroyed, while a horse trailer was blown into a cornfield. Also, a metal roof was pulled away from a building in Linn.
Washington County Emergency Management shut down all entrances into Linn Wednesday due to multiple streets being blocked and powerlines down across several city streets.
In Republic County, wind gusts reached as high as 73 mph, uprooting large softwood trees and causing power outages in the county. A machine shed southeast of Cuba lost its roof and a grain bin was blown over.
In Cloud County, the highest wind gust measured was 59 mph at 5:31 am Wednesday, two miles southeast of Concordia.