Delinquent tax sale scheduled

A delinquent tax sale is scheduled Thursday morning, Aug. 17, at Memorial Hall, 600 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Pre-registration was required to bid on property at the tax sale. The sale was scheduled for 10 a.m. Most of the properties on the list are located east of I-635.

More than 100 properties are listed on the tax sale at http://maps.wycokck.org/gisdata/TaxSale/TaxSale338Summary.html. Some properties were taken out of the sale in advance.

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Calm weather today, storms may return Friday

National Weather Service graphic

Weather today will be rather benign but storms may return Friday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Some storms could become strong to severe, with gusty winds and hail being the primary hazards, the weather service said.

Benign weather returns for this weekend with temperatures creeping back up into the upper 80s to some lower 90s by Sunday, according to the weather service.

Today’s weather is sunny with a high near 84 and a west northwest wind of 6 to 10 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low of 64, and a west northwest wind of 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening, according to the weather service.

Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said. The high will be near 87 with a south southwest wind of 3 to 8 mph.

Friday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 67, with a south southwest wind of 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Between a tenth and quarter of an inch of rain is possible, except higher amounts in thunderstorms.

Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 89, and a calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon, the weather service said.

Saturday night, the low will be 68 with mostly clear skies, according to the weather service.
Sunday, expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 89, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 72, according to the weather service.

Monday, Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 90, and skies will be partly sunny.

Monday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be 74.

The weather service said models are starting to show some clouds in the region on the day of the solar eclipse, and possibly some storms. The region will enter into an unsettled pattern, but some key details about timing and the track of the larger systems are highly in question at this time, according to the weather service.

The forecast for Aug. 21 will likely continue to change, especially since minor changes in the track or speed of larger-scale systems could bring changes to the forecast for the entire forecast area, the weather service said.

According to the weather service, it is still too early to determine where the best eclipse viewing will be, and those who are interested in it should monitor forecasts for updates.

The chance of strong or severe storms that day appears low at this time, according to the weather service.

Cloudy weather is possible in some areas during the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, according to the National Weather Service. However, more will be known about the weather as that day approaches. (National Weather Service graphic)

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Officials: Plan ahead, be safe if traveling during solar eclipse

Law enforcement and highway officials in Kansas are encouraging people to plan ahead in order to enjoy the solar eclipse safely on Monday, Aug. 21.

Increased traffic is anticipated across the state, and travelers are expected to flock to the areas where the total eclipse of the moon passing in front of the sun will be seen. This includes northeast Kansas, and parts of Wyandotte County are in the total eclipse path, according to a NASA map.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has estimated that about 200 million people live within driving distance of the eclipse’s path of totality, the officials stated. Others will be able to see a partial eclipse.

Highway officials said they expect an increase in travel time and traffic. Travelers should be patient, avoid distractions and practice safe driving habits, the officials said.

“We understand the excitement around the solar eclipse, and we encourage Kansans and our travelers to enjoy this rare opportunity. We do, however, want you to remain safe as you take the opportunity to witness this occurrence,” said Lt. Adam Winters, KHP public information officer.

Officials encouraged travelers to follow these tips to drive safely on Aug. 21:

• Allow plenty of travel time to reach a safe place for viewing, as roads may be congested due to increased traffic.
• Do not take photos or wear the eclipse sunglasses when driving.
• Do not pull over to the side of the highway to view the solar eclipse. Find a location off the highway and right-of-way to observe and/or take photos.
• If you are driving during the eclipse, turn on your headlights and do not rely on your automatic headlights.
• Expect the unexpected: watch out for other drivers and pedestrians.
• Plan ahead for fuel needs and always remember to keep your gas tank full during long trips.

It is also important to be prepared in case of emergencies and create a travel safety kit, officials said. Some items to consider for a travel kit may include:

• Non-perishable foods
• Water
• A first-aid kit and any prescription medications needed
• Motor oil
• Antifreeze
• Fuel
• Jumper cables
• Brake fluid
• Windshield washer fluid
• A map

Check the weather and plan accordingly – make sure to dress properly and be fully prepared for potential weather incidents when driving long distances, highway officials stated. For information on road conditions, check out www.kandrive.org or call 5-1-1 in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) in the United States.

– Information from KDOT

For an earlier story, see http://wyandottedaily.com/kck-tourism-officials-preparing-for-solar-eclipse/

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