High winds causing problems across Kansas

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High winds are causing problems across Kansas this afternoon as an intense low pressure system moves across the state.

The National Weather Service in Dodge City reported that they had recorded the lowest atmospheric pressure in over 100 years Wednesday afternoon. KSN Meteorologist T.J. Springer reports that some of our northwest Kansas counties have been upgraded to Blizzard Warnings due to the extremely gusty winds.

A semi overturned on US 400 near the Butler / Greenwood County line Wednesday afternoon. The driver was bumped and bruised and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Another driver had to take to the ditch as the truck spun on its side. 

“I saw it go ahead and whip the trailer all the way on its side so I pull over to the shoulder to try to get out of its way. Then it was pretty obvious it had completely come across the road and I needed to go ahead and take the ditch,” driver Jim Bowles of Columbus, Kan. said.

His mother, Brenda Brown, was riding passenger.

“We missed a sign by about 10 inches, and the truck hit the sign just as we passed it. If it would have been 30 seconds later, it would have hit us head on,” Brown, of Bella Vista Ark. said.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is diverting traffic around the scene.

In western Kansas, another semi was blown over by high winds on Highway 50 just west of Kinsley.

KSN has received several reports around Wichita of trees and limbs down. A traffic light is reportedly down at English and Topeka in downtown Wichita.

Westar is reporting power outages in Goddard that is affecting 653 customers and just south of Valley Center affecting 84 customers.

The Haven Police Department posted pictures of a utility pole that had broken in the town.

In south Wichita, Aquinaldo King had a close call as he stepped onto his porch to see one of his neighbors being crushed by a tree.

“I seen the tree come right out through the door. He was getting ready to step on the sidewalk when the whole thing fell on top of him,” King said.

King thinks the man’s leg is likely broken along with bruises to his head.

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