Winds topple semis, power lines in western Kansas

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Celebration Community Church, Hays (Hays Drone Service) Celebration Community Church, Hays (Hays Drone Service)
ELLIS COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say strong winds blew over semis and caused damage across parts of western Kansas on Tuesday. 

Interstate 70 was closed for several hours in the Hays after the storm toppled around 20 tractor-trailers. The storm also took out numerous power poles, and about 1,500 Midwest Energy customers remained without power Wednesday morning. 

Hays schools canceled the first day of classes.

Cleanup was in full swing at the Celebration Community Church in Hays. Part of its roof was ripped of and blew across the parking lot, and the senior patrol said the storm also caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to their new worship center. 

The threat of severe weather in parts of Kansas continues through Friday. See forecast details here


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Major storms are causing power outages and damage in Northwest Kansas.

I-70 from Wakeeney to Hays has been closed as traffic is at a standstill and semi trucks are on their sides. The Ellis County Emergency Manager says strong gusts have even knocked buildings over. 

Multiple towns have been reported to be without power. 

Witnesses in the town of Ellis have reported major building damages and power outages. 

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