February 20, 2014
With the wind kicking up on Thursday at noon, Wyatt Dorsey, with Great Western Dining and Food Service, of Tipton, pushes a cart of food and table service along a sidewalk at State Fair Community College for a board meeting in the Hopkins Building. He keeps a tight grip on items so they won’t fly away; to the left walking into the wind is SFCC student Nickie Cooper. The National Weather Service stated that wind gusts could reach 45 miles per hour and posted wind advisories yesterday for the area until 9 p.m.
By 12:30 p.m. the wind had wreaked havoc with the traffic lights at Winchester Drive and Broadway Boulevard, causing the lights fall, upend and sag. Sedalia Police officers A.J. Silvey, Kaleb Richerson, Lynette Overstreet and Victoria Kottman were on hand to route traffic around the hazard. SPD said that MoDOT was on the way from Kansas City to fix the problem.
Earlier in the day, flags unfurled as the wind began to pick up momentum at the Pettis County Courthouse in downtown Sedalia. Today will be sunny, but will continue to be windy with gusts up to 38 miles per hour.