Archive for Monday, March 6, 2017

Weather in Tonganoxie causes outages, postponement

March 6, 2017, 11:51 p.m.

Updated: March 7, 2017, 9:15 a.m.

Crews worked overnight to fix power outages in Tonganoxie and elsewhere in northeast Kansas, thanks to severe weather Monday night.

Westar Energy’s website reported five outages in Tonganoxie still affecting about 1,800 customers just before 11 p.m.

According to residents’ social media reports, there was some shingle damage and other wind damage in the Tonganoxie area.

About 1,800 customers were still affected just before 11 p.m.

Outdoor warning sirens sounded in Tonganoxie as the City Council meeting was about to start around 7 p.m. Mayor Jason Ward asked that the meeting be moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday in light of the inclement weather.

Capt. Tammie McCutchen with the Tonganoxie City Fire Department said firefighters responded to reports of power lines down, and trees in the road. Firefighters contineued responding to non-storm-related calls that came in. Westar Energy and FreeState Electric Cooperative were on scene trying to get power restored as quickly as possible, McCutchen said.

“After the storm passed we were then out driving around town evaluating damage,” McCutchen said.


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