High winds topple power lines, close interstate

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Salina, Kan. -- Strong winds caused havoc across the state on Sunday evening.

Powerlines were knocked down along the I-135 corridor near Salina. Kansas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer for North-Central Kansas, Trooper Ben Gardner said that also sparked three grass fires along the interstate.

Westar believes one of the lines that goes across the interstate was knocked down by the wind and a southbound semi may have dragged it along the highway.

"This one obviously took two things to happen and it was bad, but nobody got hurt and we got (power to) most of the customers in two hours," said Tom Sydow, Westar Energy Regional Director.

The powerlines forced closure of the interstate from the Schilling to Water Well exits from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as crews worked to clear the line off of the roadway. Around 1,800 people were without power in Saline County.

Most of the power was restored by midnight but some businesses along Schilling Street did not get power until 5 a.m. on Monday.

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