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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Sudden thunderstorm downs trees

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  • A quick thunderstorm caught people by surprise Thursday evening in the Newton area.
    Trees were knocked down in several areas, but mostly on the west side of Newton. City crews were out in the evening picking up some limbs and clearing out some trees that had fallen.
    The National Weather Service said between one and two inches of rain fell in Harvey County. Winds were in the 50 mile  per hour range, with gusts up to 70.
    Some traffic signals were knocked down and there was some brief flooding. Newton City Engineer Suzanne Loomis said city crews were out setting up barricades and picking up limbs after the storm last night.
    The storm could affect the local wheat crop as well. Harvey County Extention Agent Ryan Flaming said the rain could make the test weight lower, but shouldn't affect the quality of the wheat.
    "The rain can definitely have an impact," he said.
    The rain and wind may have knocked down some wheat, which will make it harder to harvest,  the biggest concern after a storm.
    Flaming was harvesting wheat north of Newton but was not in the heavy storm area. He was harvesting north of Goessel and they just had some light rain.
    Around Newton the storm was harder with heavier rain. Flaming said wheat harvest is going very good right now, and farmers are getting good yields. The storm may affect some areas, but shouldn't have a major impact at this point, he said.
    Nancy Nichols had trees knocked down in her yard near the corner of First and Columbus.
    "It was raining so hard I couldn't see across the street," she said. "All I could hear was the wind."
     

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