Friday, June 28, 2013
Westar says they expect to have most power in the Wichita metro restored by Saturday night, however some customers won't have electricity until Monday.
The current number of outages in Sedgwick County stands at over 16,000.
Westar officials say they have extended their estimated time for power restoration in Segwick county to early Saturday morning.
Officials say crews are delayed in making repaired because there is significant tree and power line damage. Many power lines are down and poles need to be replaced.
Westar Energy reminds us that homeowners are responsible for the electric service line that runs from the utility pole to the house. If that line is down the homeowner will need to hire an electrician to get it hooked back up.
Westar cautions residents without power to take extra heat precautions because temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s.
Westar reports they now have approximately 13,500 customers in Sedgwick County without power. That's down from a peak of about 21,000.
Utility officials say they hope to have power restored by Friday night. Power outages also were reported in Harvey, McPherson and Reno counties.
The National Weather Service says winds topped 70 mph, causing limbs to fall on cars and homes and knock down power poles. Winds also damaged some fireworks stands set up for the upcoming holiday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Westar Energy still has about 15,000 customers without power across Sedgwick County.
Westar Energy sends this statement to KAKE News:
"The best estimate we can give in the Wichita area at this time is to have all customers restored by late tomorrow [Friday] night. That estimate may change when it's light out and we get a better idea of damage.
"Crews are working throughout the night (early morning), with additional crews arriving from other parts of service territory to assist throughout the day tomorrow. Several reports of lines down. We would like to remind everyone to treat downed lines as energized and to report to 911."
12:10 a.m.: Westar Energy lowers the number in Sedgwick County to about 19,300 customers.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
11:35 p.m.: Power outages in Sedgwick County have gone up, almost 21,000 customers. By comparison, fewer than 800 customers are in the dark in Harvey County and about 700 in McPherson County.
11:09 p.m. Wichita emergency dispatchers are indicating fire crews will not be sent on any calls unless there is an immediate hazard.
10:55 p.m.: Power outages in Sedgwick County have dropped a little, but still total 19,566 customers.
9:05 p.m.: Power outages in Sedgwick County now at approximately 20,600.
8:15 p.m.: We're getting reports that a roof was blown off a commercial building near Kellogg and Ridge.
Several fireworks stands around the area have been completely destroyed.
Harvey County Emergency Management is asking that people who have lost power stop calling 911 unless it is an emergency. There are several trees and power lines down around the county.
Highway 50 in is closed between Newton and Halstead because of power lines down across the roadway. No reports of injuries or significant building damage in Harvey County.
7:45 p.m.: A truck driver has suffered a serious head injury after his semi was blown into the wall at the south tollgate exit of the turnpike (Exit 42). It happened in the northbound lanes. He's being taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
About 12,800 Westar customers are without power now in Sedgwick County.
7:35 p.m.: About 5,800 Westar customers without power in Sedgwick County.
7:20 p.m.: We're receiving multiple reports of tree and tree limb damage across Wichita and the surrounding areas. Approximately 3,600 Westar customers are without power in Sedgwick County.
6:20 p.m.: Severe storms are moving through parts of KAKEland, and some tree damage has already been reported.
Power outages have also been reported in parts of Kansas. Approximately 2,000 Westar customers are without power in McPherson County. There are about 300 without power in Saline County.
The storms are expected to arrive in the Wichita area before 7 p.m.
2:45 p.m.: Severe storms are possible over parts of KAKEland this afternoon and evening, and could impact the Wichita area.
As of 2:45 p.m., a large part of Kansas is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, including Wichita and Sedgwick County until 10 p.m.
Any storms that develop today could have the potential to produce golf ball-sized hail or larger, as well as wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour.
The KAKE First Alert Forecasters are tracking the conditions and this information will be updated as the afternoon progresses.
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