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Power Outages Diminish As Crews Labor Into Monday

May 20, 2013

Kansas City Power & Light worked overnight Sunday and early Monday to reconnect lines to homes and businesses.
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Updated 10:15 a.m Storms Aftermath Shows Power Restoration:

Utility troubleshooters from KCP&L have restored a large portion of service to harder hit areas. The utility’s web site indicated the Raytown area had 237 outages just after 10 a.m.

Six hours earlier there were 4500 without electricity. Missouri outages of more than one hundred customers in other area districts and cities include:

  • Grandview- 515
  • Ruskin Heights- 650
  • Belton 225
  • Lees Summit-237
  • St Joseph -440
  • Southern Buchanan County-346

Kansas outages of more than one hundred remaining include:

  • Fairway, Roeland Park, Prairie Village, Mission Hills-224
  • Shawnee-126
  • Doniphan County-440

Update 8:10 a.m. Power Restored To Many:

Kansas City Power & Light employees worked through the night and early morning hours to restore power to the 77,000 customers who were without power after severe storms and high wind hit the Kansas City area Sunday.

As of 8 a.m. Monday morning 13,000 KCP&L customers remained without power, 9,000 of them in the Kansas City metro.

In the Lee's Summit area, 278 customers will still without power, according to KCP&L's outage map.

Around 440 customers were still without power in the Raytown area.

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Power outages are left behind by Sunday night's wind and rain storms that crashed through the Kansas City metro region.

The effects are being felt hours afterward.

The alert foremost in many minds was the tornado watch, that eventually expired without production of any tornadoes in the area.
Smashing, straight line winds took out tree limbs and electrical service.  

At 4 a.m. Monday morning Chris Bowman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill said that the area had, "pretty extensive wind damage across parts of Miami and Johnson Counties and getting into Jackson and parts of  Cass Counties  with a fairly widespread  swath of, probably 60 to 70 mile an hour wind gusts. And  that was able to knock down a lot of trees, as well as power lines."

Hardest hit power outage areas included cities in Northeast Johnson County, Kansas, Fairway and Mission Hills and Prairie Village north of 83rd Street.

KCP&L's outage map as of 4 a.m. showed largest area still without electricity in the Raytown area, where 4,500 customers were without power.

There were another 1100 out in Lee's Summit and a similar number in the Ruskin Heights area of Southeast Kansas City.

The Prairie Village-Mission Hills area had 263 outages with crews still working.   

Wyandotte County experienced more than a thousand outages immediately after the evening storms.

St. Joseph had 1400 outages in the hours before dawn. The area included a portion within the city limits on the western side of the Missouri River.