Heavy rains and heavier winds blanketed the area Thursday night into Monday morning leading to widespread power outages and some flash flooding to the south.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Rob Frye said Crawford County got between a half and three quarters of an inch of rain in the storm, but the real damage was done by wind.
“It was definitely a wind bag,” he said, adding there were sustained winds from 40 to 50 miles-per-hour and gusts in excess of 60 mph. “So high end tropical storm-force winds.”
Weststar Energy Spokeswoman Jana Dawson said there were approximately 1,100 customers in Pittsburg and 3,800 in Crawford County who lost power, but that most had their electricity restored by 10 a.m. Friday. The Pittsburg industrial park was without power a little longer as a 69 kilovolt line was also taken down by the storm which took extra time to repair.
“Between the wind and the tree limbs we had really extensive damage,” she said.
Frye said more rain and wind are forecast for the weekend.
“We’re going to see several rounds of showers and thunderstorms,” he said. “Crawford County is going to be on the edge (of the storms.)”
Frye said the heaviest rain will likely be in the southern part of the county, with Pittsburg likely seeing as much as an inch-and-a-half of rain with lighter amounts to the north.
He said there is a limited severe weather risk, but there will be some strong, gusty winds to go with this weekend’s weather.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.