Thousands left without power as winter storm slams Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The latest on power outages amid a powerful winter storm in Kansas.
Evergy's outage map showed that as of 2 p.m. Thursday, the total number of customers with out power in its service area was down to about 4,200.
About 150 of those were in Sedgwick County. Most of the outages were reported in Johnson, Douglas, Shawnee and Cowley counties.
Early Wednesday morning strong winds, snow and ice accompanied extreme cold temperatures across the Evergy service area, and around 8,000 customers in the Wichita area lost power.
"Our line crews are currently working to restore power in Wichita as fast and safely as possible. "Evergy said. "Evergy crews from neighboring areas are being brought into Wichita to assist with storm restoration. Near white out conditions are being reported resulting in slower restoration times.
Around 7,000 customers were still without power as of 10 a.m. Across Evergy’s service area, about 12,000 customers were without power. See the latest weather report here.
Evergy's outage map showed more than 7,000 outages around 9:15 a.m. with most of the outages in Valley Center, south Wichita, and southeast Wichita. Outages are also showing in Reno County with more than 300 between Haven and Burrton and around 100 west of Newton.
Midwest Energy is also reporting power outages to many of its customers from Hays to Pratt. However, more than 900 are being reported north of Hoisington and about 70 in Pratt.
Victory Electric also reporting power outages last night in Dodge City.
It's not clear when power will be restored.