Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kansas City area - KCTV5


Damage reports, outdoor events canceled after storms

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Trees were down, outdoor events canceled and many are without power after thunderstorms spread through the Kansas City area Wednesday night.

At least 20,000 KCP&L customers were without power at one point. Westar Energy says 2,600 of their customers were out at the height of the storm.

Crews on both sides of the state line are working to get power restored, and officials say things are improving.

The Johnson County Fairgrounds was evacuated because of the weather. An outdoor concert at Berkeley Riverfront Park was also canceled and the crowds evacuated. After the storms passed, crowds were allowed to return to the Johnson County Fairgrounds for the show, but rides weren't being operated.

Concertgoers had to take cover at Berkley River Front Park. Buzz Under the Stars Night One had stop the concert for about an hour when the storms got too intense. Once the storms cleared the music started back up.

Part of the roof was ripped off by powerful winds at The Wheel Thing skating rink off Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth. A KCTV5 viewer said that part of the roof landed on a home. There were no reports of anyone being seriously hurt.

Hail was pounding homes and cars as the storms moved through the Leavenworth area.

Witnesses say the hail was coming down pretty hard at times and looked to be about pea-sized.

Residents throughout the area reported trees and power lines down from strong winds. Some areas saw hail. Thousands of homes lost power.

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies received reports of a small tornado or a microburst causing damage near Old 56 Highway and the railroad crossings in Edgerton, KS.

During the Kansas City area thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service, a wind gust of 64 mph was reported at Kansas City International Airport. In Platte County, numerous reports of wind gusts up to 65 mph.

Wind gusts reaching nearly 80 mph tossed semi rigs off Highway 75 near Topeka.

In Parkville, a large tree smashed two work trucks. The owner said those vehicles are totaled.

If thunderstorms are ever in your area, you can track the storms on your computer and smartphone. Go to for more information.

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