Thousands in Missouri and Kansas without power after storms

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 9:21 a.m. CDT

CHILLICOTHE — Tens of thousands of people in Missouri and Kansas were briefly without power after two rounds of heavy thunderstorms swept their way across the Kansas City and St. Louis areas and much of northern Missouri.

A Kansas City Power & Light spokeswoman said there were 31,000 customers without electricity as of 6:15 a.m. Monday, many of them in places like Liberty, Oakview and Lake Waucomis. Thousands of Independence Power and Light customers in Missouri and Westar Energy customers in Kansas also had their electricity knocked out by the storms.

Ameren Missouri reported that more than 38,000 of its Missouri customers also were without power as of about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

KSHB reports high winds forced one driver into a ditch in the northwest Missouri's Chillicothe and destroyed a fireworks tent.

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