Intense storms wreak havoc on NEJC trees, power

The top half of an oak tree on Village Drive in PV snapped off, part of it landing on top of a car parked in the street.
The top half of an oak tree on Village Drive in PV snapped off, part of it landing on top of a car parked in the street.

With winds estimated in excess of 50 miles per hour at times, the storms sent debris flying through the air and into area yards and roads. But cleanup will be much more intensive for those unlucky enough to live under one of the massive limbs that snapped off.

Shortly after the storms cleared Thursday morning, crews from Prairie Village Public Works were on the streets cutting up felled branches with chainsaws to remove them from streets like Delmar, which were blocked to traffic as a result of the storm:

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A few blocks away, the entire upper half of an oak tree snapped off, piling the trunk and hundreds of branches across a homeowners lawn and out into the street:

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The storm also left hundreds of area households without power. As of 10 a.m., the largest outage still affecting customers in northeast Johnson County was in Prairie Village and Overland Park just north and west of Meadowbrook.

If you’ve got photos of storm damage from your neighborhood you want to share, send them our way and we’ll get them posted on the site (just email us at stories@shawneemissionpost.com)

Updated: Here are a few shots readers sent in.

From Marc Baratta: “Came about 10″ from ripping my power line straight out of the can. Also, the last pic is the neighbor across the street. 2 very large limbs that just grazed the gutter. A couple of near misses to be sure.”

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From Ed Wallerstein: “Tree Service helped us get out of the driveway, but the chipper got stuck. Now we have a scene from ‘Fargo’.

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