The severe weather that swept through the metro area Saturday caused widespread damage, including disabling the traffic signals at 18th and Grand in downtown Kansas City. Toriano Porter tporter@kcstar.com
The severe weather that swept through the metro area Saturday caused widespread damage, including disabling the traffic signals at 18th and Grand in downtown Kansas City. Toriano Porter tporter@kcstar.com

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Severe weather sweeps through KC area, causing widespread damage

By Toriano Porter

tporter@kcstar.com

July 22, 2017 11:06 PM

UPDATED July 23, 2017 08:27 AM

The severe weather that swept through the Kansas City metro area Saturday night created havoc with downed trees and power lines, outages, fires, and flash flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, widespread winds between 60 to 70 mph ripped across the metro area shortly before 10:30 p.m. There were also numerous reports of tree damage and power outages.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the metro area about 9 p.m. Earlier Saturday, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Several agencies in the metro reported trees falling on homes, vehicles and power lines. Some area homeowners also reported lightning damage to their properties as well.

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Kansas City Fire Department officials responded to a water rescue near 79th Street and Ward Parkway about 10:20 p.m. after a flash flood hindered traffic in the area. They also performed a similar rescue about an hour later near 39th Street and Leeds Trafficway.

Fire officials also reported about 11:15 p.m. high water from Brush Creek flowed rapidly from the Plaza area to Elmwood Avenue.

Traffic signals throughout the metro area were affected as well.

Kansas City Power Light reported nearly 110,000 customers that were without power at 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter