Wind storm leaves damage to homes, poles, trees

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WICHITA, Kan. — High winds left damage across several corners of KAKEland during the night. Thousands of people lost power, and a few people are out of their homes.

At least one home was evacuated early Thursday in the 2000 block of East Campus, near South 55th and Hydraulic. A tall power pole was pushed over so far by the wind that there was concern it might fall.

KAKE News spoke to one homeowner who described spending hours in his car, after firefighters knocked on his door and warned him to leave. A Westar Energy truck is propping up the pole, until repairs are complete.

At one point during the night, about 2,200 Westar Energy customers in South-Central Kansas were without power.

Part of westbound Interstate 70 was closed for several hours Wednesday night, after a semi truck was flipped by wind between Solomon and Salina. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.

In a similar case, Butler County dispatchers told KAKE News the wind blew a pickup off a road east of El Dorado.

A KAKE viewer in the Mulvane area reported the wind was powerful enough to blow siding off her home and move one of the buildings on her property. Wellington had a top sustained wind of 69 miles per hour.

A tree was blown across the road in the 2200 block of East Morris. A KAKE viewer reported seeing another tree blocking North Pershing Street.

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