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Severe Weather Causes Outages, Damage


Evergy is reporting more than 3,800 power outages across their service area due to today's storms.  Nearly 100 outages have been reported near Fredonia, over 1,000 outages are reported in the area between Piedmont and Fall River north to Climax.  Outages have also been reported in the Iola area.  Outside the immediate area, outages are being dealt with in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City.  Damage is still being assessed in southeast Kansas.  Amateur radio operators have reported power lines down in Erie, Law enforcement also reports some trees down and street flooding in Independence.  Emergency management in Labette county reports trees and power lines down in Parsons and Altamont.


Evergy customers can report power outages here.
Twin Valley Electric customers can call 866-784-5500 to report and outage.
Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power customers can call 620-252-6180 to report an outage.


Rainfall reports as of Friday 7 p.m.

KGGF Studios: 0.57"

1st and Buckeye in Coffeyville: 0.65"

North of Independence: 1.20"
Independence Police Department 1.10"


***** Noon Update *****


A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for almost the entire state of Kansas including Elk, Chautauqua, Wilson, Montgomery, Neosho and Labette counties in the immediate KGGF listening area until 7 p.m.


***** Update 11:15 a.m. *****


The likelihood of severe weather has increased slightly.  Storms are now possible for the four states between 4 p.m. and midnight.  The area is now in an "enhanced" risk of severe weather, upgraded from the "slight" risk category from earlier this morning.  KGGF will continue to provide updates and severe weather coverage as needed.


***** Original Story *****


Storms will move through the area this morning before 7. Severe weather is not expected, but the slow storm movement could result in heavy rainfall and possible flooding. A flood watch is in effect through 10 this morning for Washington, Nowata, Craig and Ottawa Counties and areas to the south.


Severe weather is possible tonight for the four states. The entire area is in the “slight” risk category for seeing severe weather according to the Storm Prediction Center. One-inch hail, wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy rainfall are the main threats. KGGF will provide severe weather coverage as needed when storms move through the area.


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