Severe Winds Pass Through Topeka on Sept 10, 2010
Strong Winds and Heavy Rain Rip Through Topeka
On the evening of Friday September 10, 2010 a cold front pushed through northeast Kansas, and kicked off a round of thunderstorms which brought strong damaging winds to areas near Topeka. Trained spotters around the area reported wind gusts topping 60 to 70 mph. These wind gusts caused tree limbs up to 10 inches in diameter to break. The Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS) site at Emporia measured a 68 mph wind gust, while the ASOS station at Forbes Field, south of Topeka, measured a gust of 55 mph. Aside from the widespread strong winds the storms produced large hail up to the size of golf balls in isolated locations.
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