Thousands in Wichita without power due to storm

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WICHITA, Kansas – Thousands of residents in south central Kansas remain without power after storms swept through the region, downing trees and power lines.

Most of the damage from Thursday’s storms was reported near Wichita, where about 16,000 customers remained without power Friday.

Dozens of crews have been working non-stop since 7 p.m. Thursday night trying to restore as much power as they can.

Nick Bundy with Westar Energy says the damage is somewhat overwhelming and asks that customers bare with them.

“Primarily what we’re seeing is tree limbs, large trees, blown into the power lines, blown into the power poles, that means they have to replace poles and restring lines, wires, which can take quite some time.”

On the southwest side of town, Dan Edwards found four of his Koi fish valued at over $500 a piece at the bottom of his pond.

“As soon as the water quit generating, they lost their oxygen.”

Heat is also a factor for many in Wichita without power.

“I didn’t sleep all night. I was up and down all night long. We sat out on the porch until midnight cause it was cooler out here than it was in the house,” said Linda Mullen, lost power.

Westar hopes to have power could be restored sometime tomorrow in most areas.

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