Severe Straight Line Winds Blow through Southeast Kansas (4/3/2010)

By: NWS Wichita

April 2nd, 2010 Straight Line Wind Damage
By: NWS Wichita

During the early morning hours of April 2nd, a few clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms raced northeast across eastern Kansas. A strong low-level jet and cold front aided in the development of the storms. The storms moved at unprecedented speeds upwards of 70 mph! Among other things, this fast movement helped the thunderstorms produce brief, but very strong straight line winds. These severe straight line winds caused power outages, damage to numerous outbuildings and homes, and also uprooted trees. The most damage occurred in Elk, Greenwood, Montgomery, Wilson and Allen counties. 


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Damage to a barn in Montgomery County. (Picture courtesy of Pascal Van Schijndel)

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Damage to an outbuilding in Montgomery county. (Picture courtesy of Pascal Van Schijndel)

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Damage to Outbuilding in Montgomery county. (Picture courtesy of Pascal Van Schijndel)

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A tree uprooted and landed on a home in Montgomery county. (Picture courtesy of Pascal Van Schijndel)

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Damage to a barn in Allen County. (Picture courtesy of Bob Hawk)

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Damage to an outbuilding in Allen county. (Picture courtesy of Bob Hawk)

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Front of Building that lost roof in Iola, KS. (Picture courtesy of Scott Roberts, KWCH)

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View of Building Damage in Iola, KS.  Building is just northeast of Kentucky & US 54. This view is from the northwest. (Picture courtesy of Scott Roberts, KWCH)

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This pole and transformer were down in an alley just SW of Allen County Hospital in Iola, KS. (Picture courtesy of Scott Roberts, KWCH)

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Tree Damage in Iola, KS. (Picture courtesy of Scott Roberts, KWCH)


 

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