Storm Update

Crews are responding to area-wide outages and are working to restore power.

June 21, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. 
All storm-related outages have been restored. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you are without electricity, please report an outage at your home or business. You may also view current power outages to determine the scope of any outages in your area.

June 20, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.
Our crews have worked hard to restore power to more than 99% of the affected customers. We currently have approximately 1,000 customers out on over 300 events. Of these roughly 300 events, around 280 are single outages. We expect to have all storm-related outages restored today.

Including our out-of-state assistance, we have 119 crews working on storm restoration out in the field today. 

Please remember: 

  • For a list of cooling centers in your area please call 211.
  • Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. Assume any downed power line is energized. If you see a downed power line, call KCP&L immediately at 1-888-LIGHT-KC
  • If using a portable generator during an outage, follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating guidelines. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area; never indoors or your garage. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up and cause serious injury or death.

June 19, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. 
At the height of the second storm we had more than 93,000 customers without power. Our crews have worked hard to restore power to more than 94% of the affected customers. We currently have approximately 6,000 customers out on over 700 events. We were able to start working single outage events earlier this afternoon.

Including our out-of-state assistance, we had over 1,100 people working on storm restoration out in the field today. 

We still expect this restoration to continue into Tuesday. 

June 19, 2017 – 8:45 a.m. 
At the height of the second storm we had more than 93,000 customers without power. Our crews have worked hard to restore power to more than 85% of the affected customers. We currently have approximately 13,000 customers out on over 1,300 events.

Like yesterday we should have good working conditions today. We have additional out-of-state crews to bolster our manpower throughout the restoration.

June 18, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
At the height of the second storm we had 93,254 customers without power. We have restored power to 68% of our customers. We currently have roughly 30,000 customers out on over 1,500 events.

Storms have left the area giving our crews better working conditions. We are expecting additional out of state resources to bolster our manpower tomorrow morning. Additionally, we will have internal crews returning to their normal shifts so that will continue to increase our manpower. 

June 18, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.  
A second major storm with sustained winds in excess of 70 mph came through our territory after 9 pm yesterday evening, which resulted in significant damage to our distribution system. At the height of the storm we had 93,254 customers without power.  Currently there are roughly 52,000 customers without power (9,200 in Kansas and 42,800 in Missouri). 

While we had crews working through the night tonight, the vast majority of our workforce began this morning. We have crews in from Colorado and Oklahoma. We have called in additional crews from neighboring states. 

Given the pole and wire damage resulting from yesterday’s storm, we expect this restoration to continue into Tuesday. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you are without electricity, please report an outage at your home or business. You may also view current power outages to determine the scope of any outages in your area.

June 17, 2017 – 11:30 p.m. 
Crews made great progress with restoration efforts today following Friday evening's storm. From a height of approximately 35,000 customers without power, crews worked through the day and were down to the last 3,000 customers to be restored. However, a second major storm with sustained winds in excess of 70 mph came through our territory after 9 pm this evening, which resulted in significant damage to our distribution system. There was a tornado warning in Lafayette County, Mo., and a radar indicated tornado in the vicinity of Bates City.

There are currently more than 83,000 customers without power (20,000 in Kansas and 63,000 in Missouri). While we have crews working through the night tonight, the vast majority of our workforce will begin work in the morning (they are resting now after 16-hour shifts today). We will have additional contract crews in the field tomorrow from Oklahoma and Colorado, and we are in the process of reaching out for mutual assistance for additional resources.

June 17, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. 
We continue to restore power after this morning's storm, which brought with it high winds up to 80 mph and lightning. Widespread damage included broken poles, tree limbs falling into lines, and downed wire. 

At the height of the storm, we had approximately 35,000 customers without power. Our crews worked through the night and continue working today to address these outages. They have restored power to more than 70% of affected customers. Currently, we have approximately 10,000 customers remaining without power on 750 outages. We also have crews traveling from Oklahoma and Colorado to assist.

As we restore power, the safety of our crews and customers remains our top priority. Please stay away from any downed power lines you may see. 

June 17, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.
Early this morning a major storm hit our service region. At the height of the storm, we had 35,000 customers without power. Currently, we have 18,400 customers without power. We expect these numbers to rise as people continue to wake up this morning. This storm impacted our area with  80 mph winds and excessive lightning. 

As we work to restore power, here's how that process works: 

  • We will first assess the damage and then begin the restoration process.
  • Keeping with our emergency response plan, our first priority will be to correct potentially life-threatening situations, such as downed power lines and to restore service to hospitals and other critical facilities that are without power. 
  • We then focus on restoring power for the greatest number of customers in the shortest length of time.
  • We are also working to bring in mutual assistance from neighboring states. 

June 19, 2017 – 8:45 a.m. 
June 19, 2017 – 8:45 a.m.