By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
With reported wind gusts up to 71 mph, Emergency Management Director Greg Standard said although total damages have yet to be determined by an exact number, Thursday and Friday’s wind storm did have a substantial impact on Seward County and the surrounding area.
From broken railroad arms to the peeling of the roof off the Nash Finch building, street signs are also likely scattered throughout the area – as well as roof shingles and tree limbs.
“There is a tremendous number of road signs down, shingles off of a lot of roofs,” he said. “Ultimately, I don’t know a right number of what that is, but it was many.”
Standard added two semi trucks were overturned in Seward County alone on Friday. Wind gusts were reported above 70 mph in several places in the area.
The dust, he said, although it was uncomfortable for city folks, farmers may feel the heat from the damage.
“It is awful for the farmers,” he said. “It was certainly unpleasant that day, as well. There was a lot of damage to crop land and actively growing crops – both,” Standard said. “The wheat crop is probably just about done, in many cases, and I think there was some corn planted. I am not sure how badly it was damaged, but I feel like it must be.”