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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Storm damages trees, knocks out some power

  • A strong line of thunder storms moved through the Pratt area Thursday night and knocked down tree limbs and caused a few small power failures.
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  • Downed tree limbs, a few small power outages and lots of overturned trash carts were the result of a line of strong windstorms that passed through south central Kansas including Pratt Thursday night.
    The National Weather Service in Dodge City received reports from Pratt County of wind gusts of 50 mph at Byers, 55 mph at Coats, 58 mph at Pratt and a 60 mph reading four miles southeast of Cullison, said Matt Gerard, National Weather Service meteorologist and lead forecaster in Dodge City.
    The Pratt Regional Airport AWOS registered a 50 mph wind gust at 6:15 p.m. The same storm produced a wind gust of 89 mph at Mid Continent Airport in Wichita.
    In Pratt a number tree limbs, some up to three inches across, came down in a number of places including a limb in Lemon Park that took down a secondary power line, said Russ Rambat, Pratt Public Works director.
    That line was clipped and pulled to the side. It will be repaired today.
    A few minor power outages were reported across the city caused by limbs hitting power lines or lines slapping together. By 9 p.m. all the power outages had been repaired, Rambat said.
    For the strength of the storm, the city came through in pretty good shape. City crews will be out today picking up branches around town.
    “All in all, with the wind we had, I was quite surprised,” Rambat said. “I think we fared pretty well.”
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