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100 mph winds hit Manhattan

Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins informed the Riley County Commissioners that two storms passed over Manhattan on Friday.  Collins said he contacted the Geary County EMS and winds measured about 50 mph. According to Collins the Weather Services called a few minutes later and said the area could expect 85 to 90 knot winds.  As the second storm passed winds of about 100 mph were reported in Manhattan.  Collins estimates about a half-million dollars in damage to different buildings. Including K-State’s Anderson Hall, a City hangar at the airport, the City Street Shop, plus a lot of downed power lines and tree damage.  Westar Energy brought in over 100 crews to the area and had 99% of the power restored by Saturday.  Geary County Sheriff Jim Jensen reported extensive damage to the Milford Lake RV Storage building.

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