Blustery winds blow out power, topple trees across the metro

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The impact of Wednesday’s high wind ranged from the minor inconvenience of having your trash can blow away, to your cars or homes needing major repairs. Blustery winds brought town tree limbs and branches on to vehicles, front lawns, and houses.

Among the worst damage is a house in Pleasant Hill. Neighbors say the wind brought down the entire chimney. The heavy wind, along with the threat of thunderstorms, kept the National Weather Service busy.

“We`ve had a lot of reports come in via social media, via the observation network that we have of the high winds. We had an actual measure report from the Lee`s Summit airport of a 63 miles an hour,” said Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Bowman says the speed of Wednesday`s wind in unusual considering conditions.

“It`s pretty rare to see that level of wind, 60 plus miles per hour not associated with thunderstorms in this part of the world,” said Bowman.

Aside from damage, high wind left more than 25,000 customers without power.

Metropolitan Community Colleges canceled evening classes at its Longview campus. A press release initially said it was non weather related. A spokeswoman later told FOX 4 it may have played a role, but as of Wednesday evening the cause of the outage was still being looked into. Park University canceled evening classes as well.

FOX 4 says “thank you” to all of our viewers who shared pictures and video of the wind, and shared info about damages.

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