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Major thunderstorm hits Kansas City leaving 112 000 homes without power

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A severe thunderstorm rolled through Kansas City metropolitan area late Saturday, July 22, 2017 into July 23, leaving at least 112 000 homes without power.

The storm brought heavy rain, winds reaching up to 113 km/h (70 mph) and excessive lightning. KCP&L said 01:00 CDT (05:00 UTC) on Sunday, July 23, they currently have 112 000 customers without power.

"With the storm still rolling through out area we are currently assessing the total impact of the damage. We are calling in all available crews to assist in the restoration effort," the company said.

Video courtesy Live Storms Media

KCTV5 reports high waters and tree limbs down throughout the metro. Power outages are affecting traffic signals and residents are urged to avoid driving if possible. Stay away from downed power lines, as even if they are on the ground they can still be live.

KCFD Chief Paul Berardi tweeted out that storm-related calls keep coming in and to not drive through high water. 

Featured image: Severe thunderstorm hits Kansas City metropolitan area July 22 and 23, 2017. Credit: Live Storms Media

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