Wind gusts up to 60 mph cause damages across area

Joplin News First

SILVER CREEK, Mo. — Most likely there will be no gas on Wednesday at Casey’s, 4800 South Rangeline.

A Newton County Deputy Sheriff spotted the canopy above the gas pumps teetering around 1:00 AM.

Joplin News First received a tip from a friend. Something was going on at Casey’s. Here’s the image we received on our tipline.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE

HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY…

* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
* WHERE...In Kansas, Bourbon, Crawford and Cherokee Counties. 
 ...In Missouri, Vernon, St. Clair, Barton, Cedar, Jasper, Dade and Lawrence Counties.
* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST Wednesday.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
  Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...These high winds combined with dry air will result in a high fire danger risk across southeastern Kansas and western Missouri this evening and tonight.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.
National Weather Service Springfield

GALENA POWER OUTAGE

GALENA, KS — About 1:30 AM Galena experienced a power outage in the Eastern portion of town. Joplin News Friend Andrew let us know there was a large power line and pole across 7th Street at Chicago Ave, which is near the water tower on the East side of town.

One of the linemen tell us that two major poles went down in the winds around 1:00 AM. It will take 3-5 hours to repair. As they reset these two poles they will have to cut power to the majority of the town for a short time.

Traffic will be diverted at Main Street and around the area until repairs are completed. Chief Billy Charles of the Galena Police Department tells us Liberty crews are working through the night.

The high winds are expected to continue until about 9:00 AM.

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