Conditions ripe for dust storm Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:16

Dust fills the sky Tuesday afternoon as 30 to 50 mph winds hit the area. L&T photo/Robert Pierce

 

By LARRY PHILLIPS

• Leader & Times

 

High winds and lack of rainfall combined to create an area-wide dust storm Tuesday.

Winds picked up in mid-morning and increased throughout the day. Between 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. winds were out of the north ranging from 37 to 45 mph and gusts were recorded between 51 and 55 mph.

While tree limbs were being reported on the ground in streets around town during the afternoon, no severe damage was reported to county officials, according to Seward County Emergency Management Services Director Greg Standard.

“There were lots of tree limbs being reported down, but no heavy damage like roofs being lifted or things like that,” Standard said earlier today. “And I haven’t heard of anything yet this morning.”

The forecast for today by the National Weather Service is “Sunny, with a high near 53 and north-northwest winds at 13 to 17 mph.”

 
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