June 15, 2014

Sunday storms move through KC area, leave tree damage and power outages

Wind and rain hit early Father’s Day, especially in Overland Park, but outdoor plans were salvageable as the wet weather moves on.

Strong winds, lightning and rain that moved through the Kansas City area before dawn Sunday had crews busy fixing power lines and cleaning up damaged trees.

Thousands of residents were still without electricity by midmorning. As many as 24,000 residents were without electricity in the morning after the lingering storms, but that number continued to dwindle as more crews were called in, said Rebecca Galati, a spokeswoman with Kansas City Power & Light.

By 9:30 p.m., fewer than 500 residents in the area were waiting for the lights to come back on.

“We’ve called in all available crews,” Galati said. “We have everyone out there working as fast as they can.”

The bright side of the stormy morning comes from the National Weather Service. For those who had outdoor plans, the day won’t be a loss.

“It’s not going to be a rainout for the fathers, at least for the Kansas City area,” said Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill. But, “it will be a little while until we start seeing the sun.”

Winds and rain that hit the western edge of the metro after 3 a.m. are moving out of the area, he said. Much of the tree damage and power outages were reported in Johnson County, especially Overland Park.

But after Sunday, residents can expect a few days of mostly dry weather. And a lot of heat.

Though there’s a slight chance of rain Monday, high temperatures could reach the upper 80s, Bowman said.

And Tuesday and Wednesday?

“They look dry,” Bowman said, with highs in the 80s.

To contact Laura Bauer, call 816-234-4944 or email lbauer@kcstar.com.

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