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Thousands across metro in dark after severe storms

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A tree fell over in Cathy Breithaupt's yard in Rantoul, KS. (Submitted photo) A tree fell over in Cathy Breithaupt's yard in Rantoul, KS. (Submitted photo)
A tree is down in a yard in Sugar Creek. A tree is down in a yard in Sugar Creek.

Thousands of people across the metro are in the dark after severe storms pounded the metro overnight.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, KCP&L said they currently have about 8,800 customers remaining without power.

During the span of the storm, KCP&L had about 69,000 customers without power. High winds in excess of 50 mph and wind gusts as high as 70 mph, as well as lightning, were the major causes of the outages.

Some of the most affected areas are Paola, Liberty and just south of Raytown.

"We have called in all our available linemen and tree crews including our contract crews and are working to restore our customers as quickly and safely as possible. However the lingering storms from this morning and the fact that the storm hit during the night may impact restoration times," KCP&L said on their website.

Penny-sized hail and trees down from straight-line winds were reported in the KCTV5 viewing area Monday night.

The severe thunderstorms produced hail, straight line winds and spectacular lightning shows.

A woman posted on KCTV5's Facebook page a photo of a large tree down in front of a home in Sugar Creek. Others also said trees had fallen on their homes or in their yards.

Others said they were without power as the winds downed power lines. A tree fell across Mart Way in Mission.

Lightning struck a home in the 6000 block of Birch Street in Mission and sparked a fire in the attic about 11:45 p.m. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control. There were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters also worked two house fires in the Paola area that were apparently caused by lightning.

A KCTV5 viewer in Leavenworth said a tree plunged into his home Monday night, causing water to pour into a bedroom.

Storms began firing in northern Missouri Monday night. The first storms reached the Northland about 8:30 p.m. and moved into the Kansas City area by 10 p.m.

Some of the damage reports came from in and around Bethany, MO.

Some areas reported more than 3 inches of rain, which brought flash flooding. Officers going to the East Patrol substation in Kansas City were warned that the lower portion of the building had standing water due to flooding.

Water rose well above Brush Creek's banks, washing up debris along the walkway.

Heavy rain also caused problems for some drivers. A car got stuck in high water near Smalley Avenue off of Independence Avenue. The driver had to abandon it to reach safety.

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KCTV5's Chris Oberholtz, Emily Rittman and Erika Tallan contributed to this report.

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