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Nearly 3,500 in Douglas County lose power overnight; service restored

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6:30am - Electricity to the remaining 10 customers has been restored. Currently no outages reported in Douglas County.

5:15am - Westar Energy's website now shows only 10 customers without power.

5:07am - Westar Energy's latest update has dropped the number of customers without power to 1,835. Also added a rainfall total map from the National Weather Service. These are radar indicated totals, so they may not be exact. Map is accurate as of 5 a.m..

4:45am - Lawrence Fire has arrived on scene after a report of arcing power lines near the intersection of W 23rd and Ousdahl Road. Westar Energy arrived a short time later and the fire crew cleared from the scene. Outage numbers have dropped by one in the past hour. Now sitting at 3,457.

Kansas City Power & Light has also now updated their website to show one outage in south Douglas County, zip code 66006.

4:06am - This morning's storms are believed to be responsible for knocking out power to just under 3,500 Westar Energy customers this morning in Lawrence.

Earlier this morning, around 2 a.m., Westar was only showing one customer without power in eastern Lawrence. After 3:30 a.m., that number jumped to 95. As of 4 a.m., that number has jumped to 3,458. According to Westar Energy's website the majority of those outages are in central Lawrence.

The National Weather Service office in Topeka has not issued any watches or warnings for any of the passing storms. Everything is well below severe limits currently. Should something develop and there is a watch or warning issued, check back here for the latest.

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Screenshot of preliminary rainfall totals in the past 12 hours in Douglas County from the National Weather Service. These numbers are radar indicated and are approximate. As of 5 a.m., July 26, 2012.

Screenshot of preliminary rainfall totals in the past 12 hours in Douglas County from the National Weather Service. These numbers are radar indicated and are approximate. As of 5 a.m., July 26, 2012. by Mike Frizzell

Comments

Mike Frizzell 2 years, 10 months ago

Good question Dudley. I just updated the post with a screenshot from the National Weather Service. Accurate as of 5 a.m..

HutchSaltHawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Why is it that Lawrence loses power every time it rains? I have lost power 3 times in the last week.

Hooligan_016 2 years, 10 months ago

SE Central Lawrence: Realized we lost power after waking up in a sweat sometime after 3:30a. Called the automated hotline, power was back on sometime after 4:30a.

Clark Coan 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't understand why they still have outages. They have aggressively cut back trees. Germany places nearly all power lines underground and they have outages. Of course it costs 5 times more to do this.

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