Weather Center

Whether a storm or heat wave is coming your way, it pays to be ready for tough conditions.

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Storms can impact power lines and equipment and cause outages. Strong winds can blow trees and branches into power lines. Vehicles may strike power lines because of slick roads. Ground saturation can slow restoration of downed power lines and poles.

And conditions during and after these storms can change quickly, which can present safety risks.

That's why we work hard to prepare for these events – so that we can restore your electricity as quickly and safely as possible. 

Spring and Summer Storms can be Tough on Electrical Systems

We prepare year-round to help get your power back on as safely and quickly as possible after a severe weather event. Here are some of the reasons spring and summer weather can cause outages. 

  • High Winds. High winds can result in tree branches and limbs making contact with power lines.
  • Lightning. Storm-related power surges can damage home electronics.
  • Poor Driving Conditions. When roads are wet or slick, it can create dangerous driving conditions. Resulting accidents could damage electrical equipment, such as poles. 

How We Prepare: Getting Ready for Severe Weather

When outages occur, KCP&L calls on our well-trained crews to quickly and efficiently repair damage and restore your electricity. We’ve built our response strategies on past experience and best practices, ensuring that we operate as a well-oiled machine in challenging storm recovery conditions. 
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How You Can Prepare: Tips for Comfort and Safety

Being prepared is the best way to ensure your comfort and safety during a power outage due to a weather event. From making a storm kit to stocking up on groceries and water, take these steps to prepare when severe weather threatens the region.
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