Severe storm leads to rollover crash, power outages in Wichita

Posted: Updated:
Rollover crash on SB I-235 near Central during a severe thunderstorm. Rollover crash on SB I-235 near Central during a severe thunderstorm.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A severe storm that plowed through Wichita Wednesday afternoon brought some much needed rainfall, but it also left about 1,500 Westar Energy customers without power and contributed to a rollover crash.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Sedgwick County just after 4 p.m. Westar reports power was knocked out for 1,507 customers roughly in between Central and Douglas and from West Street to I-235. At 6 p.m., about 550 of the utility's customers remained without power.

Two people were hospitalized as a precaution after speed and the weather contributed to a rollover crash on I-235 near Central at around 4:30 p.m. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the car was heading north when the driver lost control, went into the median and hit a guardrail. 

On the city's east side, dispatchers say tree limbs were down near Douglas and Edgemoor. Winds were estimated to be around 60 mph.

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • Firefighters put on alert due to dry conditions

    Firefighters put on alert due to dry conditions

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:14 PM EST2017-12-15 04:14:14 GMT

    Firefighters use to considered February the start of a busy fire season, but this years it's come early.

    Firefighters use to considered February the start of a busy fire season, but this years it's come early.

  • Online ticket sales soar for new Star Wars movie

    Online ticket sales soar for new Star Wars movie

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:12 PM EST2017-12-15 04:12:28 GMT

    Don't expect long lines if you want to see the newest Star Wars movie on this opening weekend. The theaters are packed, but it didn't take fans long to get in Thursday night at West Warren Theater in Wichita. Many fans came, but paid for their tickets online.

    Don't expect long lines if you want to see the newest Star Wars movie on this opening weekend. The theaters are packed, but it didn't take fans long to get in Thursday night at West Warren Theater in Wichita. Many fans came, but paid for their tickets online.

  • Kansas authorities capture escaped inmate

    Kansas authorities capture escaped inmate

    The Rooks County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook on Thursday that Ronald Ray Pollard escaped from the Stockton Correctional Facility. 

    The Rooks County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook on Thursday that Ronald Ray Pollard escaped from the Stockton Correctional Facility. 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE