KCP&L giving out dry ice to customers without power after strong winds, rain roll through metro

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Storms rolled through the metro early Thursday morning and knocked down multiple trees in its path.

The fallen trees left roadways blocked and caused power outages. For KCP&L customers who continue to deal with no electricity Thursday afternoon, the company planned to begin handing out blocks of dry ice. The dry ice can be used in coolers to keep food chilled while refrigerators aren't working.  The distribution began at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Home Depot store at 96th and Metcalf. They expected the few thousand blocks of dry ice to go fast.

In Lenexa, a tree fell on a power line near 91st and Pflumm. As of 7:30 a.m., crews had the tree off of the power lines, and they were working to chop up the tree as well as restore power in the area. Police could be seen blocking the intersection of 91st and Pflumm while crews worked.

The Walmart in Oak Grove near I-70 was also closed as of 7:45 a.m., because the store did not have power. The store's manager said no one was allowed inside. The winds that blew through the area early Thursday morning tore cart racks apart. FOX 4 was also hearing reports that other Oak Grove businesses along I-70 were closed due to power outages. If you're headed that way you may want to call ahead to ensure where you're headed is open.

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Here's a look at some of the damage:

The storms also caused numerous power outages across the metro. As of 5:30 a.m., Kansas City Power and Light reported that more than 45,000 customers were without power.

Image courtesy of Kansas City Power and Light

Image courtesy of Kansas City Power and Light

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BPU reported at 6:30 a.m., that there were more than 6,500 customers without power.

BPU reported at 6:30 a.m., that there were more than 6,500 customers without power.

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As of 6:30 a.m., Westar Energy reported that more than 8,000 of their customers were affected by power outages.

As of 6:30 a.m., Westar Energy reported that more than 8,000 of their customers were affected by power outages.

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Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative reported just before 7:30 a.m., that nearly 500 of their customers were affected by power outages.

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative reported just before 7:30 a.m., that nearly 500 of their customers were affected by power outages.

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What to Do If You See a Downed Power Line

Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live.

  • Don't touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire.
  • Do not touch anything or anyone in contact with a fallen power line or other equipment.
  • Keep children and pets away from fallen electric wires.
  • Do not drive over a fallen power line.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a fallen power line.

What to Do If a Power Line Touches Your Car

If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line:

  • Stay inside! The safest place is in your car. The ground around your car may be energized.
  • Honk the horn, roll down your window and yell for help.
  • Warn others to stay away. Anyone who touches the equipment or ground around the vehicle may be injured.
  • Use your mobile phone to call 911.
  • Fire department, police and PG&E workers will tell you when it is safe to get out of the vehicle.

If there is a fire and you have to exit a vehicle that has come in contact with downed power lines:

  • Remove loose items of clothing.
  • Keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle, so you are not touching the car when your feet hit the ground.
  • Keep both feet close together and shuffle away from the vehicle without picking up your feet.

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