Mar 27, 2020 11:42 PM

NWS issues wind advisories for counties in our area

Posted Mar 27, 2020 11:42 PM

Saturday looks to be a windy one.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wichita has issued a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the following counties in our area.

Ellsworth County

Lincoln County

Marion County

McPherson County

Saline County

West winds of 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Be cautious if driving a high-profile vehicle Saturday.

NWS in Topeka has issued a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the following counties in our area.

Clay County

Cloud County

Dickinson County

Ottawa County

Republic County

Southwest winds of 30 to 35 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph are expected.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that you take preventative measures during this blowing dust event, such as staying indoors or wearing protective breathing masks if outside. High dust concentrations can cause respiratory problems, decrease lung activity, aggravate asthma, and lead to potential heart-related problems, especially with children, elderly, or those with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

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UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.