Storm Update

Crews are currently responding to summer storms.

Monday, July 24, 4:30 pm
We had a cumulative impact of nearly 140,000 customers without power. As of 4 pm, we’ve restored approximately 10,000 customers today. Our crews have restored power to 87% of affected customers with approximately 18,000 customers on 1,700 events remaining without power. We still expect to be at 90% of customers restored by midnight tonight. Crews will continue to work overnight and we expect to have the majority of our customers restored tomorrow. However, we also expect to have the final customers in areas with the most severe damage (e.g., several broken poles, large trees, downed lines) restored on Wednesday. 

We continue to have nearly 1,000 people, including tree and line crews, from here and neighboring utilities, working throughout our area to assist with outage restoration. Additional crews from neighboring utilities will be arriving in the morning. The majority of the damage remains in Johnson County, KS with midtown Kansas City being our next hardest hit area. 

We are currently distributing dry ice to help customers keep their food cold. It is available now until approximately 6:30 pm to all customers at:

Home Depot
111 E. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO

We appreciate your patience as crews continue to work to restore power. If you are without electricity, please report an outage at your home or business. You may also view current power outages to determine the scope of any power outages in your area.

Please remember: 

  • For a list of cooling centers in your area please call 211 or visit here.
  • Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. Assume any downed power line is energized. If you see a downed power line, call KCP&L immediately at 1-888-LIGHTKC (888-544-4852).
  • During an outage do not open your refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Undisturbed food will remain frozen in most freezers for up to 48 hours.
  • If using a portable generator during an outage, follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating guidelines. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area; never indoors or your garage. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up and cause serious injury or death.

Monday, July 24, 3:00 pm
Crews continue to make progress on restoring power, and at this time we have about 19,000 customers out of service. Currently, we have over 1,000 field crew members working on storm restoration today. We expect to be over 90% of customers restored by midnight tonight. Crews will continue to work overnight and will have the majority of our customers restored tomorrow. However, we also expect to have the final customers in areas with the most severe damage (e.g., several broken poles, large trees, downed lines) restored on Wednesday. Overnight, we will have 1334 crew members working to restore power, including:19 Dispatchers

  • 31 wire-down repair crew members
  • 29 evaluation and information crew members
  • 390 KCP&L lineman 
  • 385 external lineman 
  • 10 supply room staff
  • 279 KCP&L tree-trimming crew members
  • 191 external tree-trimming crew members

Monday, July 24, 9:00 am
As of 8 am, our crews have restored power to nearly 85% of affected customers with approximately 24,000 customers on 2,600 events remaining without power. We expect to be at 90% of customers restored by midnight tonight. Crews will continue to work overnight, and we expect to have the majority of our customers restored tomorrow. However, we also expect to have the final customers in areas with the most severe damage (i.e., several broken poles, large trees, downed lines) restored on Wednesday.

We have more than 1,000 people, including tree and line crews, from here and neighboring utilities, working throughout our area to assist with outage restoration. The majority of the damage remains in Johnson County, KS, with midtown Kansas City being our next hardest hit area. We also have outages in the Northland and Blue Springs that crews will be working on today. We don’t expect any severe weather, other than continued high temperatures, until later this week, which will help us continue restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.

Sunday, July 23, 10:00 pm
As of 10 pm, crews have restored power to nearly 75% of affected customers with about 30,000 customers remaining without power. We still expect outages to go into tomorrow. Crews will continue to work all evening to restore power. We have more 200 linemen and contractors working now and an additional 188 additional linemen from neighboring areas working or en route to our area to assist with outage restoration.

Sunday, July 23, 4:30 pm
As of 4 pm our crews have restored power to nearly 70% of affected customers with 45,000 customers on 3,000 events remaining without power. We still expect outages to go into tomorrow. We have more 200 linemen and contractors working now and an additional 188 additional linemen from neighboring areas working or en route to our area to assist with outage restoration. We don’t expect any severe weather, other than continued high temperatures, until later this week, which will help us continue restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.

It will be extremely hot today so please take extra precaution if you’re without power. Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity. Wear loose fitting, lightweight, natural fiber clothing. Limit the number of times you open the fridge to when only necessary to preserve your food. 

Sunday, July 23, 2:45 pm
Crews continue to make progress restoring power after the major storm last night. Currently, we have about 50,000 customers without power, down nearly 90,000 from 138,000 during the height of the storm. 600 operations crews, including linemen from nearby utilities, continue to work to restore power.

Sunday, July 23, 1:30 pm
Dry Ice Update: The KCP&L Community team has distributed more than 2,000 pounds of dry ice to help keep frozen food cold. Our supply has run out, and dry ice is no longer available.

Sunday, July 23, 11:45 am
Dry Ice Event: The KCP&L Community team will be set up at the Lowe’s parking lot in Roeland Park starting at 12 pm today. While supplies last, we will be handing out dry ice to help keep your frozen food cold. Bring a cooler and remember to always handle dry ice with care to avoid burns. We recommend wearing protective cloth or gloves whenever touching it.

As of 11 am, we have 59,998 customers without power on 2,672 events. This storm brought 70 mph winds and excessive lightning causing significant tree damage and broken poles. We have more than more 200 linemen and contractors working now and an additional 188 external contract linemen en route. 

Please remember:

  • For a list of cooling centers in your area please call 211.
  • Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. Assume any downed power line is energized. If you see a downed power line, call KCP&L immediately at 1-888-LIGHTKC (888-544-4852).
  • During an outage do not open your refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Undisturbed food will remain frozen in most freezers for up to 48 hours.
  • If using a portable generator during an outage, follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating guidelines. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area; never indoors or your garage. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up and cause serious injury or death.

It will be extremely hot today so please take extra precaution if you’re without power. Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity. Wear loose fitting, lightweight, natural fiber clothing. Limit the number of times you open the fridge to when only necessary to preserve your food. 

Sunday, July 23, 9:00 am
Yesterday evening and early this morning, a major storm rolled through our service region. The Kansas City metro area and south of the Missouri River were the hardest hit. At the height of the storm, we had 138,735 customers without power. Currently, we have 71,000 customers without power on 2,100 events. This storm brought 70 mph winds and excessive lightning causing significant tree damage and broken poles. We have more than 180 linemen and contractors working now and have reached out to neighboring utilities for assistance. 

Sunday, July 23, 6:00 am
Last night we experienced strong thunderstorms in our service area. There are currently 77,000 customers without power. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available. If you are without electricity, please report an outage at your home or business. You may also view current power outages to determine the scope of any power outages in your area.