Storms knock out power for thousands in northeast Kansas

(Westar Outage Map)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Nearly two thousand Westar customers in the Topeka area were left without power after morning storms rolled through northeast Kansas.

At one point, approximately 1,200 customers east of the city, in an area between Tecumseh and Big Springs and down to Watson, were affected, according to the utility company’s Outage Map.

In north Topeka more than 600 customers lost their electricity. Around 11 a.m., the number had declined to approximately 500.

North of Topeka, several communities suffered major outages. As of 9:10 a.m., reported outages included:

  • Circleville: 301;
  • Denison: 585;
  • Onaga: 643;
  • St. Marys: 314

At one point 660 customers in Mayetta had no electricity. Soldier was reporting 156 customers didn't have electricity around 11 a.m..

In Marshall Co., where a stretch of K-9 is closed, Blue Rapids has 658 customers without power, while in Frankfort 619 lost power.

Around 5 p.m., the Manhattan Regional Airport and the surrounding area lost power and airport officials cautioned that it may disrupt flights. They did not say if the outage was storm related.

By 6:30 p.m., Westar had the electricity restored for all but a handful of customers in the northeast Kansas area.