PLATTE CITY, Mo. — As of 10:40 p.m. Thursday night, 245 people are reported to have been without power since noon.

Andy Baker with Evergy tells FOX4 that the power outage in rural Platte County is due to a power pole replacement. He said it is taking longer than normal to replace because the ground is frozen.

Baker said it should be repaired overnight but residents need to go somewhere else or seek shelter if they are concerned about overnight temperatures.

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect for the entire Kansas City area until noon Saturday due to dangerous cold wind chills that could reach as low as 35 degrees below zero.

Lenexa outage

LENEXA, Kan. — Over 1,000 in Johnson County are still without power Thursday evening.

As of 7 p.m. about 1,200 Evergy customers are without power in the Lenexa area. The company has not reported a specific cause but pointed to cold weather and ice causing equipment failures.

Other outages in Shawnee left hundreds of Evergy customers without power, but crews have since restored power. Over 1,000 were also without power Thursday in the Baldwin City area.

Liberty outage

LIBERTY, Mo. — Thousands of people in the Liberty area woke up Thursday without power.

The Liberty Police Department said two transformers near Route 291 and Brown Street caught fire. A camera in a police car caught one of the transformers exploding.

Dramatic video of that explosion was captured on an officer’s dash camera. It shows the crackling light flashing at the top of a power pole.

The final blast of light happened at about 6:40 a.m., knocking out power to over 2,100 customers for most of the morning.

Police said officers contacted Evergy about the issue.

Evergy told FOX4 the outage occurred due to equipment failure and pointed to the strong winds, snow and extreme cold.

By noon Thursday, most in Liberty had their power restored. Evergy’s outage map showed only a few hundred still without electricity.

But with no electricity, Ralph Emerson still committed to clearing his driveway. Originally from Minnesota, even he said this weather’s no joke with temperatures inside homes dipping into the 50s Thursday morning.

“Right now everybody’s just bundled up. We ran the fireplace just a little bit to put some heat out but other than that it’s just kind of hunkering down, staying warm until the power comes back on,” Emerson said.

In a nearby neighborhood, Emily Akers said it was a different level of stress with her 10-month-old daughter Daphne.

“It’s so dark! No lights! No lights, no fan. No lights, no fan,” Akers sang to her daughter as she tried the light-switch during a tour of the home.

“My alarm went off as soon as the power went out actually, which meant their sound machines went off. Their cameras went off,” Akers said.

“We don’t have any power now so we’re trying to heat up some hot dogs and some beans and some soup,” Akers said.

It’s low-level desperation with the family spending most of the morning near the living room fireplace.

“This is the first time we’ve ever tried it,” Akers said.

“It’s tough, you know?” Emerson said. “You just got to watch the temperature in the house when it’s coming down. I work from home so I don’t have any internet. I’m trying to do everything on my phone today as well, so it just kind of puts a crimp in everything.”

The outage was solved for most Liberty customers by midday, but it was a dicey 5 hours for some people trying to stay off the roads.

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Reporting outages

If you’re power goes out at your home, you can report outages to Evergy on its website, mobile app or by calling 888-544-4852.

Independence Power and Light’s outage map has not reported any major outages at this time. Customers can call 816-325-7550 to report an outage to Independence crews.

Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities’ outage map does not show any active outages, as of noon; however, the company does indicate some customers lost power early Thursday morning.

BPU customers can report a power outage by calling 913-573-9522.