Lightning hits cause power outages in NE Kansas

Photo Credit: Credit NOAA
Photo Credit: Credit NOAA

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lightning strikes that rolled through northeast Kansas early Wednesday caused power outages throughout the region.

KVOE reports (http://bit.ly/1c5QSS9 ) Newman Regional Health Center in Emporia is operating on generator power after lightning took out power about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Westar says outages were reduced to 297 customers in Lyon County by 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Another lightning strike hit a Westar Energy transformer in Topeka, briefly knocking out power to about 1,200 customers. That number was reduced to 50 by 6:45 a.m.

Westar was reporting 2,352 outages in the state by 6:45 a.m., with 1,581, in Douglas County.

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Information from: KVOE-AM.

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