TOPEKA (KSNT) – Northeast Kansas was hit by a strong storm front Friday, causing widespread power outages and prompting several warnings.
Evergy reports that more than 31,000 people are without power across its coverage area. To view Evergy’s outage map, click here. To learn how to report a power outage through Evergy, click here.
The Topeka Police Department (TPD) said in a press release that people should stay indoors during this time due to storm damage throughout the city. Crews are currently responding to calls for downed power lines, downed trees, flooded streets and other weather-related issues. TPD does not respond to any accidents unless a DUI or injury is reported.
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reports on social media that their emergency communications center is being overwhelmed with calls. SNSO says you should not dial 911 to report malfunctioning traffic lights, fallen tree limbs, or power outages (unless it constitutes a medical emergency).
Nelson Casteel with Shawnee County Emergency Management said a shelter-in-place order was in effect for the Country Stampede. There is a power outage due to the stampede.
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At 2:33 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Douglas and Jefferson counties as the storm moved east. The warning expires at 3pm on Friday 14 July.
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