WICHITA, Kan. — About 12,000 Westar customers in the Wichita area lost power Sunday, as temperatures reached record highs.
"The temperatures today were a little unexpected this early in the year so we experienced some equipment problems," Westar spokesman Nick Bundy said. "Some of our equipment had become overloaded."
This is the earliest in the year Wichita has ever recorded a 100-degree temperature day.
An outage began around 4 p.m. It mainly affected parts of west Wichita and an area near Valley Center.
Westar says it called in emergency crews to assist.
"Our technicians out of the substations will be manually going through and turning switches to get whole neighborhoods back on,"
Wichita Police also jumped in to help. Officers directed traffic at several intersections, including Central and Ridge in west Wichita.
Most households had electricity restored by 10 p.m.
Westar Energy continues to work to restore power to customers in Sedgwick County after outages caused by today's hot temperatures.
At last check, around 3,820 customers are without power. That is down from just over 12,000 earlier this evening.
Around 11,000 Westar Energy customers are without power in Sedgwick County.
The outages are concentrated from just north of the I-235/K96 corridor, extending northwest along the western edge of Valley Center and from west of I-235, just north of Kellogg out the Maize Road.
Westar Energy officials tell KAKE News that today's high temperatures are causing overloads, which have to be reset manually by crews.
Crews are out working to restore the power, but it could take some time before power is fully restored to all neighborhoods that are affected.