Thousands were without electricity across the Kansas City area early Saturday after severe thunderstorms and strong winds downed trees and power lines.
The National Weather Service Office in Pleasant Hill warned its Twitter followers of "lots of tree debris and power poles down," causing some traffic delays in the metro.
According to KCP&L, as of 8 a.m., more than 80,000 customers were without power. Two hours later, 50,000 were still affected.
Many of the power outages were reported in Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Grandview, Liberty, Blue Springs, Overland Park and Olathe. In a tweet, the company said it expected the outages to "last all day."
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"Sorry for the outage this morning! With 150 downed wires due to the morning storm, we currently have outages across the metro with over 80,000 without power," KCP&L tweeted.
Rain and thunderstorms continued Saturday morning with a high expected to be near 84 degrees in the Kansas City area.
The Hospital Hill run went on as scheduled, but some other events were delayed or canceled. Lee's Summit officials said vendor booths and other tents set up for its Downtown Days were heavily damaged, which set back the starting time until noon.
Jackson County canceled its 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting and grand opening of its Rowdy Ribbits inflatable water park at Longview Lake and had not determined whether the event would be rescheduled. Park staffers were still hoping to open the beach as scheduled by 11.
After initial assessment by the Lee's Summit Fire Department, it appeared the greatest impact from the storm was to the central portion of the city, including the downtown area where Downtown Days is being held. The fire department said wind heavily damaged vendor booths and other tents for the event. Public Works crews were working to clear roads, it said.
Residents are reminded to avoid downed power line or trees limbs that may be entangled in overhead lines. Always assume the line is energized. If it is arcing or poses a threat to life and property, call 911. To report an outage, call KCP&L.