Heavy rain, gusty winds spark Topeka power outages

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Heavy rains moved through the Capital City during evening rush hour, bringing along gusty winds that knocked out power to thousands of people.

Topeka saw 1.7 inches of rain fall in less than two hours Thursday evening. The rain sparked some localized street flooding.

In addition, wind gusts of 50 miles per hour caused some troubles. Westar Energy showed nearly 4,000 customers in Shawnee Co. without power as of 6:15 p.m. The largest outage was reported around SW 21st and Gage Blvd.

The number was below 2,000 by 6:45 p.m. Westar's outage map showed an estimated of time of 7 p.m. to have power restored.

The heavy weather caused Fiesta Mexicana organizers to cancel the event for Thursday evening. Social media photos showed standing water on parts of the grounds.

Road construction crews also pulled extra duty at the SW 6th and Wanamaker roundabout. The heavy rains sent water rushing down the portion of Wanamaker north of the intersection that is being rebuilt, which carried mud and gravel into the roundabout. Traffic was slowed while crews worked to clear the mess from the driving lanes.