TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Power is back on this morning after several parts of Shawnee County were in the dark for a while Monday night. High winds which portend cold days ahead appeared to be the cause.
Several power outages were reported in Shawnee Co. as well as some reports of damage, according to the county's Emergency Management.
Around 9:30 p.m., Westar Energy reported more than 1,500 customers in Rossville were without power. Around 1 am spokesperson for the utility confirmed to 13 news that all power had been restored in Shawnee Co.
Some Kaw Valley Electric customers in Silver Lake were also are in the dark. About 1:00 a.m. a spokesperson for the utility confirmed that power had been restored in the county
During the 9:00 hour, the National Weather Service reported wind speeds at Forbes Field topping 50 mph. At Billard Airport and in Emporia gusts reached 46 mph.
Those winds will soon wipe away all memories of the 60 degree temperatures we saw on Sunday, with the high on Thursday expected only to reach a brisk 16 degrees.
1518 out in Shawnee County near Rossville. High winds in the area are likely the cause. Crews are looking for the problem. -Leonard— Westar Energy (@WestarEnergy) January 21, 2014
Hearing reports of a few power outages and some damage with the winds. Hang on to your hats (and everything else) friends.— SnCo Emergency Mgmt (@SnCoEmergency) January 21, 2014