Wichita area cleaning up from severe storms

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of residents in south central Kansas remain without power after storms swept through the region, downing trees and power lines.

Most of the damage from Thursday’s storms was reported in Sedgwick County, where about 16,000 customers remained without power at noon Friday, down from a peak of about 21,000. The utility said it hoped to have power restored by Saturday morning. Power outages also were reported in Harvey, McPherson and Reno counties.

The National Weather Service says winds topped 70 mph, knocking limbs onto cars and homes and bringing down power poles. Winds also damaged some fireworks stands set up for the upcoming holiday.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says winds blew over a semi-trailer truck on the Kansas Turnpike Thursday evening. The driver was hospitalized with critical injuries.

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