Record Temps Followed By High Wind, Damage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Record high temperatures in Kansas City on Friday gave way to strong storms Saturday morning that knocked off power to 36,000 people in the metropolitan area.

A cold air mass pushed the warm temperatures out of the area and caused straight-line winds of over 61 mph in some parts of the Kansas City area. The wind knocked trees and power poles down onto power lines, and by mid-morning Saturday 24,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers were still without electricity.

Tornado warnings were in effect Saturday in the St. Louis area, with several reported touchdowns north of the city that damaged a few homes, barns and outbuildings, but no reported injuries.

The temperature reached 66 in Kansas City on Friday, breaking the old record of 63 degrees that had been set in 1954.

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