Some residents in Wichita to remain without power until Thursday

WICHITA, Kan. (AP Modified) - Those left without power after Saturday night's tornado in Wichita will likely remain so until Thursday.

Westar Energy initially aimed to have all customers back on line by Tuesday. But the state's largest electric utility company said Monday night it found "significant" additional damage while working through some of the hardest-hit areas.

The EF3 tornado slammed the southeastern side of Wichita with winds of 136 to 165 mph, uprooting trees and damaging or destroying 100 homes in a mobile home park.

In all, about 26,500 Westar customers in several Kansas counties were without power around 11 p.m. Saturday. The company's online outage information site showed about 4,500 customers -- all in Sedgwick County -- still in the dark as of 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, city officials in Wichita have announced plans for helping residents dispose of debris from the tornado.

The city says people living in directly affected neighborhoods can leave tree limbs and brush at the curb for collection in coming days.

Four sites have also been designated for debris disposal -- Brooks Landfill, CDR Landfill and two waste transfer stations. Regular disposal fees will apply to property owners.
 

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