A severe storm has caused damage and knocked power out from a number of Pittsburg and county residents.

A severe storm has caused damage and knocked power out from a number of Pittsburg and county residents.

Eric Wise, National Weather Service meteorologist, said that the storm packed strong winds up to 70 mph, likely just straight-line winds. That comes from information in northern Cherokee County, where winds of 65-70 mph were reported.

"We don't know exactly what happened yet. We have reports of damage in the Pittsburg area," Wise said. "We may have a survey team out there tomorrow. What caused it, we don't know at this time."

Wise said that this type of storm was a bow echo, which is a line of storms with an area that swings out on the more intense lines.

"It is a very strong storm, and sometimes squall lines can get up to 100 mph. In our area, 70-80 mph lines are not uncommon," Wise said. "It's not every year, though."

Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey said that the damage is primarily concentrated in the southern part of Pittsburg.

“It appears the majority of the damage, and this is preliminary reports, is from Quincy south to the Centennial area. There is damage at the EconoLodge, and out on Rouse Street. At first glance, that is the area we are concentrated on at this time,” Hulvey said.

The Morning Sun reports the roof of EconoLodge at Centennial and Broadway has been severely damaged, and a sign at the Meadowbrook Mall has been damaged.

In addition, a number of signs and utility poles are down, and scattered throughout the streets in south Pittsburg. Debris is in the roadway along Centennial.

“We’ve got a lot of damage out on the 520th Road area near Chicopee and west,” said Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton. “It looks like it started a few miles west, then headed back to the east. A lot of tree limbs are down, and some structural damage. One barn is gone, and there is a lot of roof damage.”

Horton said he heard reports of some minor injuries in Pittsburg. He said he wasn’t sure there was any tornado or not, but said that “if it wasn’t, it was certainly high winds.”

Hulvey said that at this time, the damage in Pittsburg looks “like structural damage regarding roofs, a lot of poles, street signs, and trees.”

Hulvey said drivers should particularly avoid Rouse, especially south of Quincy.

Horton also said some roads are closed because of broken tree limbs and downed power lines, but those are being cleared up as quickly as possible. He said there is one major transmission power line broken in half and leaning near 190th and 520th roads.

As of 9 a.m., more than 4,000 people were still without power. Overnight, Westar reported close to 10,000 people without power in the county, largely in the southern portion of the county and Pittsburg.