Thousands of Kansans left without power on Monday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Winds reached up to 53 miles per hour in Wichita on Monday. 

Hanging and swinging power lines across the Wichita area have some homeowners concerned. Michelle Baker says her electricity went off early this morning and it's been flickering all day. "I'm watching the grand baby today so it's very stressful to make sure the house is warm for her."

Evergy workers braved the cold temperatures on Monday, hoping to get the heat back on for the thousands of customers without power. 

It says a combination of ice and wind is weighing down the lines. This causes what's called "galloping," where the power lines swing around like a jump rope. 

Evergy workers want to remind the public that standing near power lines in cold and icy weather, can be dangerous.

"Never approach any down lines and assume that it's always energized and stay at least ten feet away," says Kylee Slavens, Evergy Communications Specialist.

Evergy says crews prepare year round to prevent these outages. But sometimes, the weather takes control. Evergy also wants to remind the public to report any outages immediately and never approach any down lines. 

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