Trees fall, thousands without power after storms pound Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO – Storms Monday evening caused tree damage and thousands of power outages after well-saturated grounds in combination with wind gusts near 40 mph pounded the area.
Rainfall totals of 1-3 inches has fallen the last 24 hours, StormTrack5 Meteorologist Erin Little says.
Nearly 9,000 people were without power as of 5 a.m. with the highest concentration located west of Interstate 435 and Interstate 70. There are also a significant number of outages in the Northland, Overland Park and Leawood.
The saturated ground and high winds are also resulting in a lot of down trees across the area.
One house on Hardesty Avenue and 18th Street in Kansas City had a tree fall short of its front porch. The tree seemed to have uprooted and fell over. Luckily, it did not fall on the roof, but it’s going to take some work to clear the tree from the yard.
The National Weather Service says we could see more damage if the winds pick up again.
The soil is so saturated huge trees cannot stay rooted in the ground.