Monday, March 23, 2009
Strong winds continue to cause problems in Central Kansas. Winds caused roof damage to the Wiley Building in downtown Hutchinson. Reno County Emergency Management said awnings were torn from downtown businesses.
Gusty winds damaged the Helmers Construction building in the 500 block of East Grand in Haysville. The building suffered roof and awning damage.
Several power poles were knocked down along Schilling Road in Salina.
Barton County reports several grassfires sparked by the high winds.
Gusty winds are causing problems for truckers on Kansas highways.
Lt. John Guerrero of the Kansas Highway Patrol has put out a warning to drivers of semi-trucks and high-profile vehicles to stay off the road if possible during high winds.
Around 11:00 a.m. Monday the Highway Patrol responded to at least four accidents caused by semi-trucks being blown over by the high winds: two were in Saline County, one in Mcpherson and one in Geary County.
KHP warns truck and high-profile vehicle drivers to stay off the road while these wind gusts are so strong.
At 12:40 p.m. Westar reported more than 1100 customers in Saline County without power.