Lightning hits cause power outages in NE Kansas

Lightning (KSN File Photo)
Lightning (KSN File Photo)

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

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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