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Evergy: 100 power poles downed, damaged in storms

Thousands of Evergy, BPU customers without power
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tree uprooted by storms in Overland park
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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-12 05:52:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 6/12 4:45a.m.: Evergy reports 8,524 customers without power, BPU is working to restore power to 1,855 customers, and Independence Power and Light has 58 customers without power.

UPDATE, 11:17 p.m. | Evergy reports about 18,000 customers without power and the BPU is working to restore power to more than 2,000 customers.

UPDATE, 10:13 p.m. | From the City of Excelsior Springs, Missouri - The water plant currently does not have all three phases of power so the pumps won’t run. They’re asking for citizens to please conserve water for now until power is restored. Ameren is working on it

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m. | Evergy reported that roughly 23,000 customers were without power, while BPU reported roughly 2,400 without power.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m. | Evergy crews are working around-the-clock to restore power after 100 power poles were downed or damaged in Friday's storms.

A spokesperson told 41 Action News that many affected customers should have their power restored overnight, but crews will continue to work through Saturday.

As of 9:16 p.m., Evergy's outage map reported nearly 25,000 households still were without power.

Leavenworth, Paola, Garnett Ottawa and St. Joseph were hardest hit.

The storm caused 60,000 outages, Evergy said in a tweet Friday night, and more than half have been restored.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m. | Liberty police say they think all traffic signals are back in business and trees have been removed from all roads.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m. | Evergy nearly 40,000 of its customers are without power across the coverage area.

BPU reports more than 10,000 outages.

UPDATE, 4:39 p.m. | Police in Liberty, Missouri, say their dispatchers are taking multiple calls about light polls on fire, trees down in the roads and traffic signal outages.

They reminded drivers to treat intersections as four-way stops if the light is out.

UPDATE, 4:23 p.m. | Wind gusts in Overland Park were strong enough to uproot a tree near 125th and Metcalf.

NWS reported wind gusts in the Kansas City area reached 60 to 70 mph.

41 Action News meteorologist Wes Peery reported 90 mph winds near Mosby.

tree uprooted by storms in Overland park
Storms strong enough to uproot trees moved through Overland Park on Friday, June 11, 2021. The is located near 125th and Metcalf.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m. | Evergy reports close to 25,000 customer outages. BPU says nearly 10,000 of its customers are without power.

UPDATE, 3:34 p.m. | Viewer Kyle Haas, of Liberty, reports strong winds as storm make their way through the metro.

Wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour are possible, according to 41 Action News Meteorologist Wes Peery.

UPDATE: 3:26 p.m. | Evergy is now reporting nearly 12,000 customers are without power, including roughly 1,200 near Weston in PLatte County and more than 1,500 in St. Joseph.

UPDATE, 3:19 p.m. | Evergy reported more than 7,700 customers without power. The majority of the outages are north and west of the metro.

UPDATE, 3 p.m. | 41 Action News viewer Clint Crabtree shot this video of a brief land spout this afternoon off of Missouri Highway 210 between Missouri City and Orrick.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m. | Most of the metro area is now included in a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4 p.m.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m. | 41 Action News meteorologist Wes Peery caught this shelf cloud around 2:40 p.m. near Tonganoxie, Kansas:

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. | A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been posted for portions of Douglas and Leavenworth Counties in Kansas and portions or Platte County in missouri.

EARLIER | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Kansas City area. It will be in effect until 7 p.m.

During this time frame, people can expect hail up to the size of a tennis ball, winds that could reach up to 85 miles-per-hour and lightning. NWS said.

For the latest information on the incoming storm, people can visit this link.