Wind storm brings outages to more than 2,000 rural customers; Wellington compost hours extended today

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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Lights are on · 371 weeks ago Great job by the Wellington Electric Crews!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down CaptAmerica008 · 371 weeks ago Amen those guys are great. Thank you for doing the job you do in the conditions that you have to put up with Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now that is what you call a Kansas storm.A storm with up to 70 to 80 mph winds blew through Sumner County yesterday around 7 p.m. creating a tree-limb and power outage mess thereafter. The city of Wellington has announced that the Wellington Compost Site on East Lincoln will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and open regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.Crews from Wellington and Sumner County are busy clearing out tree limbs from roadways and alley ways this morning. Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said if someone absolutely cannot get their limbs to the compost pile these next few days, they can drag them to the curb and the city will come pick them up. A storm with high winds and thunderstorm moved into the area after a rather steamy hot Thursday afternoon in which the temperatures rose into the 100s.About 5:30 p.m. the day turned dark and soon after, a dust cloud similar to what you would have seen in the dust bowl 1930s, was heading for Wellington. The wind storm hit the community at once and sustained anywhere from 70 to 80 mph winds for more than a couple of minutes knocking down power lines and causing the community to lose power.There were two spurts. After the wind died and power was restored in certain sections of town, a second wave of wind with rain hit the town. Estimated rainfall ranged from a half-inch to 1 inch in the general vicinity.Vic Sandell, assistant Wellington Fire Chief, reported emergency crews took reporter of seven electric poles and one cable pole that were knocked down, as well as a few transformers that were sparking. Several people were without power inside the city limits for much of the evening. But power was restored by 11 or 11:30 p.m.As far as the rural population goes, at one point, there were over 2,000 Sumner-Cowley Electric Co-op customers who were without power Thursday evening, according to Richard Mitchell, manager of operations.He approximates that about 50 residential and commercial accounts, i.e. horizontal oil rigs, are without electricity this morning.“We probably won’t get everyone fully restored until Saturday evening,” Mitchell said.He said the primary focus is to get as many farmers and elderly in the remote area with electricity restored because of the heat.Mitchell said most of the power problems occurred in the middle of the county stretching in almost a straight line from the state line to the Sedgwick County line. He heard reports of 90 mph wind.“We have about a mile of transmission line down on the ground east of Rome,” Mitchell said. “Our substation is down in South Haven but we have rerouted electricity from other sources so the community has electricity.”As far as accidents were concerned, the Kansas State Patrol reported three non-injury accidents including a toppled semi-truck on the Kansas Turnpike south of 47th Street.Sandell said there were no injuries due to the storm Thursday evening.Elsewhere the damage was worse. In Derby, MJB Heating and Cooling at 201 S. Baltimore was burned to the ground.Temperatures which plummeted during the storm were quickly restored – almost too quickly, as it was back in the 90s later in the evening. People reported seeing quite a sunset – probably the result of the dust particles still in the air.last_img

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