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Thunderstorm knocks out power for thousands of Lawrence residents

Traffic backs up at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on North Second Street as Lawrence police block traffic on the street under the Union Pacific Railroad overpass. Jennifer Prieto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said about a half-inch of rain fell in less than an hour at Lawrence Municipal Airport as a stormfront blew through the city. The storm also packed 50-75 mph winds, downing multiple tree limbs and power lines in Lawrence, Prieto said.

A severe thunderstorm moved through Douglas County Saturday evening, leaving thousands of residents without power.

Gina Penzig, Westar Energy media relations manager, said about 3,500 customers lost power in Lawrence because of wind damage, with North Lawrence sustaining the most damage. Penzig estimated power would be restored to all customers by 7 a.m. Sunday.

Jennifer Prieto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the destructive winds were not caused by a microburst. Such an event would have caused a loss in wind speed as the storm continued east, but winds stayed at 55 mph in Bonner Springs, she said.

Prieto said the storm would start to dissipate as a cold front moved into Lawrence around midnight Sunday.

Several Lawrence residents posted about the storm damage on social media Saturday.

by Matthew Herbert

by Darin Brunin

by PABLO PICASSWOLE

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Kim Watkins

Hey Matthew Herbert, maybe if you cut dead trees down, they wouldn't fall through the roof. I live next door to one of your rental properties and there are several dead trees/limbs just ready to come down in a storm - some directly in the path of our roof. Not to mention the pile of dead tree brush that was just left behind the property. Maybe another LJWorld article would motivate you to clean up your rentals?

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Doug Larson

Seems odd that there is storm damage all around town especially in North Lawrence and it's not hardly mentioned in the paper.

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Mike Gant

Are you kidding? There’s no time to report real news! The Maple Leaf Festival is here! THE MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL IS HERE! THE MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL IS HERE!

Don’t you understand? An event like that requires at least ten separate articles! You and your devastated neighborhood will have to wait. In the meantime, have you considered going to the MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL?

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Mike Gant

This just in... the LJW has officially changed its name to “The Maple Leaf Rag”.

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