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Thunderstorm takes out power around Shawnee Co., sparks Topeka street flooding

Several vehicles stalled in water that rose over SW 17th St. near McAlister in Topeka Tuesday,...
Several vehicles stalled in water that rose over SW 17th St. near McAlister in Topeka Tuesday, May 17, 2022.(WIBW)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 10:38 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A gusty thunderstorm blew into Shawnee Co. late Tuesday, taking out power in some areas.

Evergy’s web site showed more than 1700 customers in Shawnee Co. without power at 10 p.m. Tuesday, minutes after the storm moved into the area with 80 mile per hour wind gusts. The number had topped 2600 by 10:30 p.m., and 5500 by 10:45 p.m.

The outages were scattered throughout Topeka. However, they did include two larger pockets: nearly 1500 were without power in the Lake Sherwood area, with another 600 out in Silver Lake.

Evergy’s web site indicated the power was estimated to be restored by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Emergency crews also were handling some reports of vehicles become stranded in flooded streets late Tuesday. One report was on SW 17th near McAlister, and another around SW 11th Terr. and Fairlawn. So far, there were no reports of injuries associated with the situation.

Evergy's web site showed more than 2600 customers without power at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17,...
Evergy's web site showed more than 2600 customers without power at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022.(Evergy.com)

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