Thousands of Missourians without power after storm

Friday, August 19, 2011 | 10:11 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A storm carrying winds up to 70 mph and heavy rain left thousands without power in Missouri.

Kansas City Power & Light said about 100,000 people lost power when the storm went through northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas overnight Thursday. A company spokeswoman said the number was down to about 52,000 by early Thursday.

The outages stretch from the Missouri-Iowa border to Sedalia and Drexel, and to Eudora and Ottawa on the Kansas side.

The hardest hit in the Missouri area was around Sedalia, where 8,700 customers were without power. Severe power outages also were reported around St. Joseph and Maryville.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the high winds blew over its communications tower near St. Joseph.

A house fire caused by lightning also was reported in St. Joseph.

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