High winds partially knocked down a new water tower being built along Wyoming Boulevard in Casper on Wednesday, said Lynne Johnston, an administrative assistant for the city’s Water Distribution Department.

Wind gusts peaked at 76 mph on the south end of Casper just before 5 a.m., said Trevor Lavoie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton. Some homes briefly lost electricity, he added.

Wind speeds gradually decreased throughout the day, he said, before eventually returning to normal.

Winds speeds will hover around 20 mph over the weekend, with gusts up to 30 mph on Saturday and 36 mph on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wyoming typically sees strong gusts as winds that pass high over the plains states come in at ground level when they hit the northern Rockies. Casper bears the brunt of the wind funneled through the North Platte River Valley.

The Oil City was hit with similar level winds at about this time last year. Gusts up to 88 mph pummeled portions of central and southern Wyoming, blowing over semi-trucks along Interstate 80, Wyoming Boulevard and other routes last December.

Katie King covers the city of Casper.

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Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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