Archive for Monday, August 8, 2011

All watches have expired

The National Weather serviced has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 743 for Douglas County until 5 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2011.

The National Weather serviced has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 743 for Douglas County until 5 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2011.

August 8, 2011, 1:18 a.m. Updated August 8, 2011, 7:50 a.m.


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7:50 a.m.

All watches and warnings expired this morning.

Rain continues to move through the area and is expected to give us rain much of the day.

11:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of central and eastern Kansas, including Douglas County, until 5 a.m. Sunday. Hail one-and-a-half inches in diameter, wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

According to the NWS, there is an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 a.m. The overnight low is around 72 degrees.

10:00 p.m.

Power has been restored to all Westar Energy customers in Douglas County.

6:30 p.m.

Power has been restored to all but 26 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County, according to the company's website.

Original post

All severe weather watches and warnings have expired for Douglas County as of 3:30 p.m.

Strong winds from the storms caused numerous power outages across Lawrence, and as of 3:30 p.m., 226 Westar Energy customers are still without power.

Check for updates.


1julie1 6 years, 10 months ago

Below at the bottom of my post are the instructions for reporting an outage that Westar posts on their "outage map." Only if you have been without power (as we were last night for most of the night) would you really know how ludicrous these instructions are.

If you are without power you are most likely not going to be able to login to your account on a computer.

And if you do choose the second alternative and call the automated reporting line you will have no end of trouble trying to deal with the recorded message. In order to report an outage you must provide your account number, so you better commit it to memory in advance unless you think you can sort through your old bills in the dark to find it. Pay online? Then you better keep your account number on a sticky note next to a flashlight.

If by some incredible stroke of luck you ARE able to get through the automated recording line (average number of tries is somewhere about 10 in our experience) you are not going to get any information about your outage or how long it will last. You are not going to learn a thing.

Westar's customer service is a joke. Judging from the number of outages in Lawrence this summer, their whole operation is becoming a joke. A far more "efficient way" to report an outage would be for the Westar trucks to just drive around Lawrence and look for dark neighborhoods.

Westar's instructions for reporting a power outage at your home: "If you are experiencing an outage, login to your account to report your outage and for any available information regarding the cause of the outage and the estimated time your power will be restored. You may also call 1-800-LIGHT-KS (1-800-544-4857) to report your outage and learn more information about your outage." "Our online service or automated reporting line is the most efficient way to report your outage. Please don't assume that we know your electricity is out."

yoornotmee 6 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, reporting outages is a joke with Westar. At least it keeps us busy while the power's out?

BlackVelvet 6 years, 10 months ago

We finally bought a generator after years of losing power at the mere mention of the word thunderstorm (yeah, I live east of Mass)........We'd lose power at the drop of a hat. At least now we can keep a fan on in the summertime, as well as some lights and yes, the computer if we want.

melott 6 years, 10 months ago

I learned this year that they are committed to trimming trees near power lines in Lawrence once every 7 years. This is with the approval of the state commission.

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