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WATCH: Evergy working to restore power to thousands of customers

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 16:01:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Evergy spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon they're hopeful of having the majority of customers that lost power restored by Wednesday night.

Speaking with reporters from 95th Street around Leawood, Corey Miller, Evergy's director of regional operations, said more than 1,000 crew are in the field working to restore power.

At the height of the storm, nearly 80,000 customers lost power.

By 3 p.m., Miller said about 60,000 customers had their power restored.

While hopeful the majority of customers would be restored by Wednesday night, Miller said a handful of customers may not have their power restored until Thursday afternoon.

EARLIER | The storms that pushed through the Kansas City area last night left plenty of damage in their wake.

Among the ongoing problems are thousands without power.

EARLIER | As of 8 a.m., Evergy, the region’s largest utility provider reported more than 48,000 customers without power, according to its outage map.

An Evergy spokesperson said more than 75,000 customers were without power at the storm's peak overnight.

"The storm moved slowly through the area and did extensive damage," Evergy spokesperson Andrew Baker said. "Crews are working and have restored power to more than 25 percent of customers affected."

Baker said all available crews have been called in. Customers can report an outage by calling 1-888-LIGHT-KC.

The outages were affecting businesses that were still waiting for power to be restored, and some transportation and public services.

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities reported roughly 100 customers without power in Wyandotte County. Independence Power and Light reported nearly 2,600 customers without power.