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Wind topples power lines, overturns at least 1 vehicle

January 29, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say wind gusts have toppled power lines and overturned at least one vehicle in northeast Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning for an area that included Topeka, where it predicted wind chill index readings would be between minus 10 degrees and minus 25 degrees (about -23 Celsius and -31 Celsius).

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer “flipped” Monday on the Kansas Turnpike about 1 mile (about 1.6 kilometers) east of Lawrence as gusts of up to 56 mph (about 90 kph) were reported. Also Monday, downed lines left more than 2,600 Westar Energy customers without power, although only a handful remained in the dark by Tuesday.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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