Powerful winds litter Johnson County yards and driveways with tree limbs

May 19, 2017 - 10:22 am
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First responders are urging people to be careful if they have to spend their weekend cleaning up storm debris.

The National Weather Service reported a 78 mph wind gust Thursday night in De Soto.

Some of the most hazardous activities in storm cleanup include climbing ladders and trees and using chainsaws. People using the powered cutting devices should remember to use eye protection, gloves, long pants and sturdy footwear.

Downed utility lines are especially hazardous, said Corey Sands, Shawnee Fire Marshal.

"Don't go near it and have us come out and look at it," Sands said. "Also call your power company."

John Elliott heard the wind and rain pick up around 9:30 p.m. Thursday at his home near 64th and Quivira in Shawnee.

"I then heard the very familiar and devastating sound of a tree pop," Elliott said. "I heard the thud in the backyard -- I checked it out and the tree was over on the shed."

The large tree also tore a line down and broke an electrical meter off the house. 

The city of Shawnee has set up a place for city residents to drop off limbs at the southwest corner of Johnson Drive and Renner Road. Residents will need to bring some kind of identification.

The city released a statement saying the drop-off site will be available from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 

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