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Weather updates | Restoration efforts continue for customers across Kansas City area

Evergy says nearly 85% of customers have power restored
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Posted at 9:12 PM, May 25, 2024

UPDATE, 11:00 a.m. | As of 11 a.m. Monday, Every said nearly 85% of its customers have power restored, with about 23,000 people still without power.

Crews from Liberty Utilities in Joplin, Missouri, and Alliant Energy in Iowa and Wisconsin began arriving Sunday to assist with restoration efforts.

BPU reports 206 customers are without power, and Independence Power and Light reports just under 3,000 customers are still without power.

UPDATE, 6:30 a.m. | As of 6:30 a.m., just over 26,395 Evergy customers remain without power, 17,528 in Jackson County, Mo., and 8,047 in Johnson County, Ks. Independence Power and Light lists 2,904 customers without power. BPU lists 495 customers in the dark.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m. | As of 7:35 p.m., just over 36,500 Evergy customers remain without power.

Around 1,540 Independence Power and Light customers and 337 BPU customers have yet to be restored, too.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m. | Overland Park will open a storm debris drop-off site from Wednesday through Saturday (9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily) at Parks Headquarters, located at 11921 Hardy Street.

The city said proof of residency is required.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. | Evergy crews have restored power to more than 70% of customers who lost power overnight. Around 40,000 customers remain without power.

"Line and vegetation crews totaling nearly 900 workers from neighboring utilities and local and regional contractors will arrive in Kansas City on Sunday and Monday to assist with power restoration," Evergy said in a news release.

Crews from Liberty Utilities (Joplin, Missouri) and Alliant Energy, which serves Iowa and Wisconsin, are set to begin work Monday to aid in restoration efforts.

Evergy said customers in Wichita and Shawnee can expect power by Monday night, but others in the KC metro may be without power until Wednesday night.

The KC Board of Public Utilities also provided an update late Sunday afternoon.

At the peak of the storm, over 3,000 BPU customers were without power. Around 400 customers remain without power.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. | Just over 41,500 Evergy customers remain without power as restoration efforts continue.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m. | The city of Leawood is opening a storm debris drop-off site Monday and Tuesday at the Leawood Logistics Center, located at 2008 W. 104th Street.

The site will open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Memorial Day and from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.

Specifications on what is accepted can be found here.

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. | Power has been restored for over 50% of Evergy customers as of 11:30 a.m., the utility company shared.

Crews have made "great progress," and now, around 50,000 customers remain without power.

UPDATE, 12 p.m. | Evergy said as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 71,000 customers remained without power due to 2,000 outage events that will require repairs.

The most severe damage was noted in the KC metro south of Interstate 70 — Shawnee, Lee's Summit and Blue Springs, per Evergy.

Additionally, the utility company said 140,000 customers lost power over the course of the storms, and restoration is expected to be a "multi-day event."

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m. | The Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium said all animals are safe and sound, but the zoo is without electricity.

"Due to the limited availability of animals, rides, concessions and retail, the admission price will be $10 general admission and $5 for Zoological District residents," the zoo posted on social media.

Limited operations are open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

UPDATE, 9:15 a.m. | The National Weather Service is looking for storm reports from the areas surrounding Maryville, Clinton and Sedalia after the overnight storms.

Reports of high winds or damage, hail 1" or larger and pictures will help NWS confirm some of the warnings.

UPDATE, 7 a.m. | Evergy estimates winds exceeding 80 mph went through the Kansas City area Saturday night, leaving thousands without power.

The utility company posted an update early Sunday on its outage map as crews started the process of restoring power.

"A majority of the outages from this storm are wind-related, meaning poles need to be repaired and down lines need to be safely replaced," Evergy said.

Crews will first work on main lines into neighborhoods while others will go into neighborhoods to make damage assessments.

"We appreciate customers’ patience as we work to restore power as quickly as safely possible," Evergy said.

More than 21,600 Evergy customers were without power in Johnson County, Kansas. Across the state line, more than 67,000 customers were without power in Jackson County, Missouri.

UPDATE, 5 a.m. | As storms move out of the area, power outages remain widespread.

Evergy reports more than 100,000 customerswithout power on both sides of the state line.

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities reports more than 1,680 customerswithout power.

Independence Power and Light reports just more than 4,000 customers without power.

UPDATE, 11:30 p.m. | Power outages continue to mount across the Kansas City area as high winds blew through the area late Saturday night.

Evergy, the area’s largest utility provider, reported more than 100,000 customers without power as of 11:30 p.m.

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities in Wyandotte County reported more than 2,800 customers without power — primarily east of Interstate 635.

Further east, Independence Power and Light reported more than 6,000 customers without power at 11:30 p.m.

UPDATE, 11:15 p.m. | KSHB 41's Wes Peery is live-tracking storms and high winds across Kansas City.

UPDATE, 11 p.m. | High winds have moved through the Kansas City area, leaving power outages for thousands of customers as of 11 p.m.

Evergy reported just under 14,000 customers without power in Johnson County, Kansas.

EARLIER | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 5 a.m. that includes the Kansas City area and points south and west.

KSHB 41 Weather's Wes Peery has been tracking the developing severe weather threat throughout Saturday and says storms will be possible throughout the overnight hours.

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