Rural Kansas Bears Brunt Of Winter Blast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rural areas in Kansas may have taken the worst of the latest winter blast.

In southern and southeastern Kansas, snow collected in high drifts and on power lines, some of which came down. Westar spokesman Shane Batchelder said Tuesday that power outages are predominantly in outlying areas where rural road conditions are worst and hindering the ability to get to downed lines and frozen equipment.

About 8,400 households are without power in a 20-county area in the eastern third of the state.

This storm brought less snow than last week's blast, but caused more damage because of the wind.

National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce says Kingman County received 10.5 inches of new snow with snow-drifted roads. Wichita received nearly 7 inches.

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