UPDATE: Crews make progress restoring power

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 106,000 Kansas City Power & Light customers lost power on Tuesday due to a second winter storm that moved through Kansas and Missouri.

“A lot of tree branches have been coming down due to the heavy, wet snow accumulating on them and the high winds,” said Kansas City Mayor James on Tuesday morning. Because of this, Mayor James urged residents to be mindful of alternate heating sources and to monitor them carefully.

As of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, more than 96,000 customers (more than 90 percent who lost power), had been restored. More than 600 KCP&L linemen, tree crews and contract crews were called in to assist with restoration efforts. In addition, linemen from Iowa and St. Louis will assist with restoration efforts on Wednesday.

KCP&L crews are now in the phase of the storm where they are restoring smaller groups of customers and even single outage issues. Line crews and support staff will continue to work around the clock until power is restored to all customers.

For customers who are experiencing a power outage, please call 1-888-LIGHTKC (1-888-544-4852) to report the outage.  If you have access to the internet, visit the KCP&L Storm Center at www.kcpl.com/stormcenter for storm information and additional safety tips or visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/KCPLConnect.

Stay up to date on power outages: KCPL.com | BPU.com | WestarEnergy.com

To report an outage to KCPL: 1-888-LIGHTKC  (toll free)
To report an outage to BPU: 913-573-9522
To report an outage to Westar Energy: 1-800-LIGHTKS

Kansas City’s State of Emergency remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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