Morning storms damage trees, cause power outages in Kansas City area


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A storm system that swept through the Kansas City area knocked out power and caused damage for some Tuesday morning.

It also brought thunder, lightning and interesting looking clouds over the metro.

Andy Bailey with the National Weather Service said winds were 40-50 mph, and any trees that fell were likely already weak.

At the height of the storm, more than 3,400 Evergy customers were without power. Majority of customers have had their power restored by Tuesday afternoon. Evergy said the timeframe to restore power was not impacted by crews heading south to help following Hurricane Ida.

“When utilities send help to storm ravaged areas, we take into account our own customers’ needs, including potential storms in our home service area,” Andrew Baker, senior communications manager for Evergy, said in a statement. “Evergy’s planning process drives how many of our crews we make available to help our neighbors while still managing our primary responsibilities to our own customers.”

Strong winds caused a lot of damage to the roof of a home in Lansing, Kansas.

“It looks like it did extensive damage to the roof, and it took out the meter box along with the privacy fences, which have been damaged,” homeowner Shawn Morford said.

There are also numerous reports of tree damage in the Leavenworth area. The storm split at least one tree in half in front of a home in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

Cleanup is already underway after the storm knocked down some huge limbs in Basehor, Kansas.

The FOX4 Weather team expects the rain to move out of the Kansas City metro with highs reaching the lower to mid-80s by Tuesday afternoon.

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