WICHITA, Kansas — [UPDATE] Power has just been restored at KSN. Westar reports most service in the downtown area has been restored with the exception of some small areas.
Westar is now reporting that 2,941 homes and businesses in Wichita are without power at this hour. Power outages have been fluctuating as they work to correct the problem. They believe that wind gusts of up to 50 mph this morning were responsible for causing a transmission power line to fall on a distribution power line.
KSN’s Leon Smitherman confirms that winds have gusted above 50 mph in Wichita this morning. Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport reported wind gusts of 53 mph at 7:53am Tuesday, just before power was lost in the downtown area.
Westar confirms to KSN that shortly before 8:00am Thursday, a problem at the substation located on Santa Fe between Elm and Pine left almost 7,000 without power.
The downtown Sedgwick County tag office is without power. They report that they can do vehicle inspections but cannot do tag work at this time.
QuikTrip is without power at Broadway and Murdoch. We have talked with several restaurants on Broadway that have told us they may need to shut down for the day because they can’t keep their food cold.
Some Wichita schools are still without power: Horace Mann, Gateway, Park Elementary, Anderson and Greiffenstein/Wells. USD 259 reports their data center is without power as well.
Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, the Sedgwick County Courthouse and KSN have all been impacted by the outage as well.
Via Christi reports they are utilizing backup power and they continue to accept and treat patients for all levels of care, though they are postponing some elective surgeries. They report the generator will provide power for eight hours, after which they will bring up another generator. Sedgwick County Dispatch is also running on generator power.
Westar’s currently estimates that most power will be restored 1:00pm.
Stay tuned to KSN.com for updates as they become available.
Westar Energy outage map