Power outages possible Thursday as winter weather continues

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Roads are expected to be covered in ice tomorrow and temperatures will drop dangerously low. 

WestStar Energy is preparing for possible outages and they're encouraging you to prepare too. 

Connie Schere, a local Wichitan, says if the power goes out she's ready, 

"We've lost power before, and we have our gas fireplace and we have these little lanterns, which are really handy. You can carry them around, take them from room to room and we have about five of them," says Schere.

Winter weather alerts are still in the forecast for Thursday. A combination of wind and potential freezing rain could mean power outages for parts of southeast Kansas. 

Another Wichita resident, Kelly, says "We have this cold weather coming in and I just take electricity for granted that it's always on."

WestStar is preparing now. 

"We have crews ready and on standby when they get the call," says Kaley Bohlen with WestStar Energy. 

If you lose power, being ready is one of the best things you can do. Experts suggest keeping batteries, blankets, water, and food in your home. You should also keep your phone charged and have a plan to find other warm shelter if it comes down to it. 

If you lose power, WestStar says reporting outages quickly will help them make repairs faster. 

To report an outage, you can call 800-LIGHT-KS. You can also report an outage online here.


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