WICHITA, Kan. — One day after a major power outage in parts of Wichita, more than 1,500 people woke up Monday to find they lack electricity.
The outage developed around 5:00 a.m., and seemed to be centered in the area of W. 151st St. and Kellogg. One Westar Energy engineer calls it an "equipment failure."
Initial reports indicate a blown transformer had caused the outage, with a power pole catching fire. But Westar admitted later while those events occurred, they were not related to the pre-dawn outage.
As of 8:45 a.m., about 175 customers in Sedgwick County remain without power.
Westar engineers add the morning outage was not related to the heat. A record 102-degree day in Wichita Sunday was blamed for thousands of customers losing service across the city.